Paul Gregoire

Rohingya refugees living in a refugee camp in Bangladesh are  just surviving, as they look towards the day when they can return to their homeland, writes Paul Gregoire.

Paul Gregoire travelled to Bangladesh and met with climate experts and communities bearing the brunt of the climate emergency.

State Wide Protest for Black Lives Matter in Sydney.

A key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody asserts that, in dealing with First Nations peoples, the criminal justice system should apply both arrest and imprisonment as sanctions of “last resort”. But like most of its 339 recommendations, this has simply been ignored.

An Extinction Rebellion protest in Melbourne on October 8

Governments are attempting to prevent citizens from venting warranted opposition to destructive industries and businesses, as well as government itself. Yet, the fact they are continuing to pass laws that criminalise protesters shows this attempt to silent dissent interests isn’t working.

The science has long been in on the climate emergency, yet despite this governments have signed off on Adani’s coalmine in Central Queensland, with five or six more set to follow if it goes ahead.

This immediate threat has led Queensland to become a flashpoint for climate activism in recent months. 

It is well-established that the right to strike is protected under the International Labour Organization’s 1948 Freedom of Association Convention and 1949 Convention on the Right to Organise. However, this is another internationally recognised right that Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Coalition government has been incrementally eroding.

It is hard to conceive that in 2019 a reactionary minority within government are legislating for religious protection laws that strengthen the rights of religious institutions to discriminate against members of the community based on sexuality.

The 46th Parliament of Australia opened on July 2 to finance minister Mathias Cormann waving about the Tax Relief So Working Australians Keep More of Their Money Bill. One might be forgiven for translating the legislation’s title to “progressively robbing the poor to give to the rich”.

This year, the First Nations suicide crisis has not only continued its dramatic escalation, but the lack of adequate response only worsens as the rates rise and it remains relatively unacknowledged, writes Paul Gregoire.

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