13 June 2008

TV3's faulty MMP calculator

> NBR: "TV networks get warning over polls" > LAWS179: "TV3, opinion polls and calculating the seats" > 3News: "Poll: Labour and Greens out, National in" My broadcasting standards complaint against TV3 for errors in calculating seats in the House based on its December opinion poll was upheld by the Broadcasting Standards Authority. > BSA: "Knight v TVWorks Ltd (2008-023)" (No time for additional commentary as I'm in transit back to NZ after a conference in Toronto.)

4 June 2008

New Zealand Order of Merit: new Knighthoods and Damehoods

> LAWS179: "New Zealand Order of Merit (Titular Titles) Bill: My New Year Honours List" > LAWS179: "New Zealand Order of Merit (Titular Titles) Bill" > LAWS179: "Queen's Birthday Honours" Continuing my previous theme, the new honorands with the proposed titular titles: ORDER OF NEW ZEALAND Sir Murray Gordon HALBERG, ONZ* NEW ZEALAND ORDER OF MERIT Ta (Sir) Harawira Tiri GARDINER, DCNZM Sir John William HANSEN, DCNZM Sir Peter Charles MAIRE, DCNZM Emeritus Professor Sir (Arthur) Harold MARSHALL, DCNZM Kahurangi (Dame) Gillian Karawe WHITEHEAD, DCNZM

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Lord Justice Lawton in Maxwell v Department of Trade and Industry [1974] 2 All ER 122 said:

"From time to time ... lawyers and judges have tried to define what constitutes fairness. Like defining an elephant, it is not easy to do, although fairness in practice has the elephantine quality of being easy to recognise. As a result of these efforts a word in common usage has acquired the trappings of legalism: 'acting fairly' has become 'acting in accordance with the rules of natural justice', and on occasion has been dressed up with Latin tags. This phrase in my opinion serves no useful purpose and in recent years it has encouraged lawyers to try to put those who hold inquiries into legal straitjackets.... For the purposes of my judgment I intend to ask myself this simple question: did the [decision-maker] act fairly towards the plaintiff?"

This course examines the elephantine concept of fairness in the law, along with other contemporary legal issues.

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