Posts by Andrew Geddis

  • Legal Beagle: Voting in the Flag Referendum, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    what’s the law regarding advertising?

    No limit on spending on "referendum advertisements" - you just have to put your name and address on it. TV advertising also would be allowed, as no political parties or candidates are involved.

    However, parties and MPs can't use their parliamentary funding to pay for such messages. And the Government won't spend money to promote a particular outcome (as opposed to the fact the referendum is on at all) - not because it can't, but rather because there's division within National on the matter and it would be plain wrong to do so. So any pro-change campaign would have to be funded out of private pockets.

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  • Legal Beagle: Voting in the Flag Referendum, in reply to Jackson James Wood,

    Wot Graeme said.

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  • Speaker: Hall of Memories, in reply to Shaun Scott,

    Fugazi and many many more

    I'm pretty sure Fugazi didn't ever play at Sammys (they have an "all ages" policy for their gigs, so generally don't play at licensed venues). My memory of when they played Dunedin was that they were at the old RSA building on Moray Place.

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  • Legal Beagle: Voting in the Flag Referendum,

    If you don’t rank any flag at all with a “1”. Or if you rank more than one flag with a “1”. Or if you vote using ticks, like in a first past the post election.

    If you put a single tick next to just one of the options and nothing else, then that will be counted as if you marked the ballot paper with a 1 (as the voter's intention is clear).

    But if you put ticks next to more than one of the options, then your vote will be treated as invalid.

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  • Speaker: Hall of Memories, in reply to Warren Clark,

    Chicks is still going strong - Shellac are playing a two night stand there at the end of the month!

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  • Speaker: Hall of Memories,

    Oi!

    Just because traditional Americana is not to your taste is no reason to throw around epithets like "excruciating"! And the reason it was "barely discernible" is because we'd blown the speaker stacks the song before.

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  • Polity: The pantheon of sporting dominance,

    Hamish Bond and Eric Murray:

    Since Bond, a 29-year-old from Dunedin, and Murray, a 33-year-old who hails from the Hawke’s Bay, first united in the pair after the 2008 Olympics they have never been beaten. That’s a seven-year winning streak that includes 20 successive major international regatta victories, 57 races, five world championship titles (as well as another in the coxed pair) and one Olympic gold.

    That was written pre-2015 World Champs … which they won again.

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  • Polity: TPP, eh?,

    One bouquet here is that tobacco companies have been specifically shut out of the new ISDS rights, meaning we can now safely move to impose plain packaging on cigarettes. (They’d better get on with that now.)

    Not so.

    There is a challenge to Australia's plain packaging measure presently before the WTO - if this wins, then NZ would be equally liable under our WTO obligations.

    By the same token, Philip Morris' challenge against Australia under its BIT with Hong Kong is still in play. If that wins, NZ potentially could be proceeded against under the ISDS provisions in one of our other FTA's with Asian nations.

    All excluding tobacco from the TPPA does is stop US tobacco companies directly bringing proceedings under that instrument. There's still other potential fishhooks out there that will keep plain packaging off the books for another year.

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  • Legal Beagle: Update: Into the River,

    @Rich,

    True - consistently being ripped apart on appeal would likely prevent any chance of progression up the judicial ranks. But my point was that Peter Dunne has the opportunity to decide whether Dr Mathieson's decision-making is so poor that he should be "off the bench" altogether (so to speak).

    In answer to your question, but ... most High Court judges get appointed directly there (i.e. without serving on the District Court first).

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  • Legal Beagle: Update: Into the River,

    @Rich,

    Difference being, District Court judges stay in their jobs no matter what until age 72.* Don Mathieson, however, is up for periodic reappointment to his role by Peter Dunne.

    *Unless the Attorney-General tells the Governor General to sack him or her following a recommendation by a Judicial Conduct Panel, that is.

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