Posts by Craig Young

  • Legal Beagle: Careful what you wish for:…,

    I would only ever support this if an overwhelming majority of Maori stated that they wanted their abolition. That sort of groundswell is not discernible, so therefore the Maori seats must stay in place, and perhaps even be increased in proportion should there be specific Maori Roll enrolments that would warrant that.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 479 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Let Canada do our cannabis homework,

    Ontario has just elected a provincial conservative government. I suspect that there may be setbacks there, although the current Premier Doug Ford's late brother Rob Ford was an infamous polydrug user while he was Toronto Mayor, especially crack cocaine.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 479 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Littering!,

    Excellent submission, but surely problem littering should be included within the Summary Offences Act, along with other public nuisance low-level offences? Why does it warrant a stand-alone statute in the first place?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 479 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: A Word About Safety,

    I tend to regard myself as vanilla with strawberry elements. That said, it is one of the hallmarks of LGBT BDSM community life that it is safe, sane and consensual. For the LGBT leather community, the horrific Colin Ireland anti-leather serial killer case was directly motivated by the anti-leather Operation Spanner. BDSM is a consensual adult activity, Based on New Zealand's own R v Chignall (teenage dominatrix) case in the nineties, one would have assumed that the New Zealand judiciary would think twice before negotiating this sexual politics arena again. I stand with my LGBT BDSM sisters and brothers (and genderfluid individuals). How organised are straight leather communities? The impression I got from Patrick Califia is that the BDSM communities are fragmented, or at least they were in the nineties...?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 479 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Protecting privilege in Epsom,

    Brilliant article, Russell. One of your best ever!

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 479 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The crisis is all around us,…,

    Am I the only one who wishes Nicky would write another piece of incisive investigative journalism? For example, I'd be fascinated to read his perspective on the Middlemore hospital situation. And yes, Nicky, that is a hint!

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 479 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Fentanyl: it's here,

    Helen Clark supports festival drug assays and supervised injecting rooms: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12017963

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 479 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Fentanyl: it's here,

    At least MDMA proper may have psychotherapeutic benefits for trauma relief if certain clinical trials pan out overseas, but we do need to rationalise our MOD Act when it comes to harm reduction, harm magnitude and severity and risk minimisation. If the problem is adulterated MDMA, and the aforementioned clinical trials show the efficacy of intervention, a medical MDMA legislative reform campaign may be our next avenue.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 479 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: A submission on the…,

    I'm afraid I disagree with Graham on this one. Let us not forget that the National Party relied for its continued governmental survival in the nineties and most of the tweens on a retinue of political remora fish. Many people are annoyed at the continued existence of mandateless microparties that break away from more established political parties that can win constituency seats in Parliament and turn out not to be viable at the next election- Mana Wahine, Tuariki Delamere's political vehicle, Mauri Pacific and the Kiwi Party are all examples of such. I concede ACT, United Future and the Maori Party at least did win constituency seats, but let's face it, it is the National Party that benefits from the absence of accountability to the electorate that the absence of waka-jumping legislation promotes amongst some more unscrupulous List MPs.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 479 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A medical cannabis korero by…,

    It's a shame we don't have an entrenched Bill of Rights so a court case could be fought on that basis.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 479 posts Report Reply

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