News Category: Interviews

The Stop the Adani Convoy: An Interview With Bob Brown


Adani announced last November that it plans to go ahead with a self-funded and scaled-down version of the overwhelmingly opposed Carmichael thermal coal mine in the central Queensland Galilee Basin. This is following the Indian mining giant’s inability to secure any private sector investment both here and overseas, after environmentalists successfully pressured financial institutions into ...

We Need Greater Police Accountability: An Interview With NSW Independent Bryn Hutchinson


Currently, the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission (LECC) is this state’s sole police watchdog. The statutory oversight body is charged with investigating allegations of serious police misconduct and monitoring NSW police critical incident investigations. The LECC replaced the functions of the Police Integrity Commission, the police division of the NSW Ombudsman and the inspector of the ...

Eliminating Hep C: An Interview With Hepatitis NSW CEO Stuart Loveday


Australia is fortunate to have around 800 needle and syringe program (NSP) locations nationwide distributing at least 30 million pieces of sterile injecting equipment annually to the estimated 68,000 to 118,000 people who inject drugs throughout the country. This harm reduction approach to blood-borne viruses was instigated by Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation president Dr ...

Progressive Change for Kooyong: An Interview With Australian Greens’ Julian Burnside QC


After vowing never to enter politics, renowned human rights barrister Julian Burnside QC, has decided the political climate in this country has made it necessary to renege on that promise and he’s now entering the fray in the coming federal election. Mr Burnside announced on 5 March that he’s running as the Australian Greens candidate ...

For the Rights of the Marginalised: An Interview With Greens Candidate Kym Chapple


Whilst she’s been doorknocking in the lead up to the NSW state election that’s set to take place in a fortnight, NSW Greens candidate for Heffron Kym Chapple has found that concerns around drug law reform have been front and centre for many in her electorate. If it was Gladys Berejiklian standing at these constituents’ ...

60 Years of Resisting Occupation: The Australia Tibet Council’s Kyinzom Dhongdue


Currently, Chinese authorities have placed restrictions on foreigners entering occupied Tibet. Commencing on 30 January, the ban on foreigners, which will continue for sixty days, was put in place as a politically sensitive date that holds significance for the locals is about to transpire. This coming Sunday marks the 60th anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising. ...

Towards a Regulated Drug Market: An Interview With Robert Richter QC


Human beings have been using psychoactive substances since prehistoric times. The use of opium, mushrooms, psychedelic cacti and alcohol has gone on for millennia. You might say that drug use has gone hand in hand with the progress of civilisation into the modern day. The system of drug prohibition that we are living under globally ...

For the Crime of Genocide: An Interview With the Aboriginal Tent Embassy’s Robert Corowa


The Aboriginal Tent Embassy has announced that it plans to take the Commonwealth of Australia and the British Crown to the High Court of Australia for the crime of genocide against the First Nations peoples of this continent. Situated on the lawn opposite Old Parliament House in Canberra, the Aboriginal Tent Embassy is putting the ...

Frontline Festival Safety: An Interview With DanceWize NSW’s Jessie Murray


Over the last five months, safety at music festivals has been front and centre. There have been tragic deaths, increased hospitalisations, debates over pill testing, public rallies and an expert panel was convened to investigate the matter. However, all the while, the DanceWize NSW peer educators have been working at the frontline of events, getting amongst ...

Don’t Kill Live Music: An Interview With Festival Promoter Ben Tillman


This Thursday night 21 February at 6 pm, thousands of people from across the state are set to gather in Sydney’s Hyde Park for the Don’t Kill Live Music rally to protest the Berejiklian government’s assault on live music. Initially, the NSW Liberal Nationals government crippled the music and cultural nightlife in Sydney’s CBD by implementing ...