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Archive for September, 2011

Submission on the Video Camera Surveillance Bill

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Felix Geiringer and I drafted a submission on the Bill, and got it in with 5 minutes to spare before the midnight deadline. (Hope you enjoyed your opportunity for public input, people.)
Here it is:
Submission to the Justice and Electoral Select Committeeon the Video Camera Surveillance (Temporary Measures) Bill 
  
SUMMARY OF VIEWS 
We oppose the Bill in its […]

Video camera surveillance and the Urewera defendants

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

I’ve been spending spare moments in the last few days trying to get my head around the Supreme Court’s decision (available here; it’s R v Hamed).
I’m not sure I really understand it. But then, that puts me in good company: Attorney-General Chris Finlayson and the Police Association’s Greg O’Connor don’t seem to understand it either.
What I’m really interested in is whether the […]

Did the Crown breach the suppression order in the Ureweras case?

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

The Crown tells us that as a result of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in the Urewera case,
there is no longer sufficient evidence to justify the continuation of the proceedings against a number of those charged solely under the Arms Act…
That is, the Crown has revealed that the Supreme Court has ruled some evidence inadmissible. […]

A thought

Monday, September 5th, 2011

It’s worth pausing to reflect that Valerie Morse went to the lengths of burning a flag at an Anzac Day dawn ceremony to shake us out of our complacency and start questioning our involvement in foreign conflicts (the banner she was trying to draw attention to specifically mentioned Afghanistan).
Nicky Hager’s book suggests that we would […]

Getting it right

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Nicky Hager’s surname is pronounced HAR-ger. You’d think people would know that by now.

Other People’s Wars

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

As a few of you know, I vetted Nicky Hager’s new book, Other People’s Wars. It’s on sale now. I recommend it.
Just as I found his last book, The Hollow Men, to be an education in the dark arts of political marketing, for me this one is an education our sickening suck-up to the United […]