One more thing worth noting from Fish’s speech: the malign effect of the “no surprises” policy, which sees nearly every released funnelled through a ministerial office and, effectively, be subject to ministerial sign-off.
The other side of the equation, and one that shouldn't be neglected, is local government and district health boards. You think the Press Gallery has some awful OIA stories try talking to the poor suckers on the council and health rounds.
Sadly, the Auditor-General doesn’t see it as part of their role to police whether agencies are living up to their legislative requirements.
The Auditor-General's mandate and responsibilities are determined by the Public Audit Act 2001. I'm sure someone will promptly correct me if I'm wrong, but that doesn't include OIA/LGOIMA compliance.
I realise that there is another side to this: the sheer weight of requests, often themselves highly political, or near-vexatious, that suck up resources.
I’m not sympathetic. If that’s a genuine problem (and I’m not saying it isn’t) then the solution is to appropriately amend the legislation in a manner that happens without undue trauma dozens of times every year. Until then, it should be a baseline expectation that everyone should be properly resourced to comply with the law as it now stands – and that doesn’t include giving civil servants and political hacks the right to ignore OIA requests they deem overly “political” or “vexatious.”
at the Waiata Maori Music Awards their Iconic awards are presented first which gives those artists the respect they so rightly deserve and sets the evening up brilliantly to celebrate the music and the music makers.
That's far too simple and elegant a solution, Bob. Stop it. :)
, which is “not a finding made by Police or us after investigation.”
And which is a finding that should be made in a court of law, to be perfectly pedantic.
Why idealise the colonial era? If colonial Hong Kong was so perfectly sweet and innocent, why was the ICAC set up? Care to discuss the political troubles of the ’60s?
Well, yeah - let's discuss. But I'm sorry, but you're going to dismiss Nickkita's whole post because she isn't delivering a detailed history of Hong Kong's rather complicated history?
Can we just agree to disagree about this Craig?
We can - perhaps you can be a little more generous spirited than "Unless of course Hide knows that Slater has the goods on him, which can in its way totally be read to tally with Hide’s reaction from the outset. The cost of admission is high."
It's equally possible that Hide knew the claims were bullshit and came from someone whose credibility is roughly zero, but he'd be a fucking fool to give them legs by responding. Which is not far from the reason why Helen Clark and Peter Davies, quite sensibly, weren't in the habit of engaging with the sleazy paranoid gibbering of Ian Wishart.
Yeah, who would want to expose blackmail attempts made with empty “menaces”.
Because of exactly what you’re doing here, Mark. I don’t think anyone here is in any doubt of your contempt for Hide, but there’s no reason why he should have kept a media circus going around incredibly serious and gross allegations because you think he should.
That is quite odd, isn’t it? Surely the natural response would be to be angry at the people talking about blackmailing you and wrecking your marriage.
How do you know he isn’t, Russell? The media savvy response to allegations of that nature would be not to give the story any legs by talking about it in public, don’t you think?
If anything, Hide's response was the only smart and effective one in this whole saga. "The allegations against me are utterly false, and I have no further comment to make." He pretty much killed that aspect of the story by not playing the game.
I suppose the potential danger is that some moron might think that the app somehow creates a legally enforceable contract. Whereas, as far as I know, making contracts for sexual acts is specifically prohibited.
True, but hell... an app is not a contract, and it's kind of depressing anyone should need to be told that but there you and here we are in the world as it is, not the one we'd like to see. That is going to take some work. :)