Privilege– special advantage, favour, immunity, permission, right, or benefit granted to or enjoyed by an individual, class, or caste; such an advantage, immunity, or right held as a prerogative of status or rank, and exercised to the exclusion or detriment of others; the principle of granting and maintaining a special right or immunity; protection from being forced to disclose confidential communications in certain relationships, as between attorney and client, physician and patient, or priest and confessor; protection from being sued for defamation for making otherwise actionable statements in a context or forum where open and candid expression is deemed desirable for reasons of public policy; an option to buy or sell a stock; to grant a privilege to; to free or exempt.
Speaker Lockwood Smith has referred the Erin Leigh case to the Privileges Committee.
The Supreme court ruled that advice from officials to ministers was not covered by absolute privilege, Dr Smith said the issue raised serious matters which he would refer to the privileges committee for consideration.
The court ruling allowed Ms Leigh to sue for defamation. That doesn’t mean she was defamed but it leaves her free to take a case but unfortunately the cost of doing that has stopped her taking the matter any further.
I hope the Privileges Committee not only looks at the implications of the ruling but at the behaviour of the MPs and state servants which prompted the case.
A report on the court decision is here.
Kiwiblog has a Q&A from Ms Leigh.
Duncan Garner says she deserves an apology, and a payout to not only cover costs, but to reflect damages.
Links for today’s discussion with Jim Mora on Critical Mass:
How to stop the drop in verbal scores – E. D. Hirsch Jr. introduces the Matthew effect and rewrites “to those who have it shall be given . . . . ” as:
“To those who understand the gist shall be given new word meanings, but to those who do not there shall ensue boredom and frustration.”
Do you suffer from decision fatigue? – John Tierney asks, to which I would answer an emphatic yes, but I’m not quite sure . . .
Awards executive committee chair Matthew Richards says the 2012 awards will culminate with a series of activities in Auckland that leads into the national awards dinner, where the winners of the New Zealand Sharemilker/Equity Farmer of the Year, New Zealand Farm Manager of the Year and New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the Year competitions will be announced.
“We want Auckland and the rest of the country to witness the bright, talented and well presented individuals that are working hard on this country’s dairy farms to drive the dairy industry forward as the global leader that it is .
“Many of our past winners have gone on to leadership roles within the industry and we expect many of our current winners will be the industry’s future leaders,” Mr Richards, a Southland dairy farmer, says.
The 2011 New Zealand Sharemilker/Equity Farmers of the Year Jason and Lisa Suisted said they initially entered the awards to“stand out from the pack” when applying for sharemilking positions. They have gained considerably more.
“What we did not know at the time was how much we were going to learn both about ourselves and our business. We’ve been able to fine tune some of our farm systems and the awards had also allowed us to work side by side, highlighting the strengths we both bring to the business.”
Mr Suisted says the awards challenged them and forced them to take a brutal and critical look at their business.
“The benefits from this have paid off immensely.”
Like the Young Farmer of the Year and other industry competitions, the Dairy Industry Awards provide wonderful opportunities for participants to look at and improve their own businesses, learn from other entrants and showcase farming.
An Australian television report says New Zealand is being used as the back door into Australia, and chemicals that are banned in other countries are being allowed in.
A dangerous trick is being played in the battle to take over local vegetable growers, with Chinese frozen vegetables sneaking into Australia through New Zealand.
The response from Horticulture New Zealand isn’t reassuring:
Chief executive Peter Silcock says testing proved that products coming from New Zealand met the requirements in terms of chemical residues and in labelling and the Ministry of Agriculture has confirmed that frozen vegetable exports to Australia comply with New Zealand food regulations.
But what if the regulations don’t go far enough for consumers?
However, Mr Silcock says Hort NZ does believe there could be amendments to New Zealand’s food labelling laws so they have more ‘country of origin’ information.
He says phrases such as “made from local and imported ingredients” are not as helpful as they could be and the industry would like to see more specific labelling.
If the industry wants to see more labelling, it doesn’t need to wait for legislation.
There is nothing preventing producers and manufacturers from introducing better country of origin labelling themselves and there are marketing opportunities for grown/made/processed in New Zealand.
It is difficult to give country of origin labelling to products with many ingredients but frozen vegetables usually contain only vegetables. How hard can it be to let consumers know where they were grown and processed?
New Zealand has very high standards for food safety and quality and the continuing demand for our exports rely on our reputation for that.
Any exporters who are playing with words on packaging and using New Zealand’s reputation to sell produce from other countries are risking that reputation.
That would not only impact on the product involved it could threaten all our other food exports too.
Perception is reality when it comes to food and we cannot afford to do anything to change the perception – based on strict quality and safety standards – that our food is good and safe.
Confused about the referendum on electoral systems? Not sure which one to opt for?
Legal Beagle Graeme Edgeler has come up with a referendum tool which could help you work out which system is best for you.
He explains about it here.
If you want to skip the explanation, the tool is here.
As you click on each question, the tool ranks the options based on your answer.
I did it very quickly and finished with Supplementary Member ahead followed by First Past the Post then Preferential Vote, Mixed member Proportional and Single Transferable Vote was a very distant fifth.
Candidates from the wee aprties rarely make a serious attempt to win an electorate.
They stand to get their party profile and generally campaign only for the party vote.
They can, however, have an impact on who wins the seat by splitting the vote.
The Green Party says it will seek another candidate to replace Max Coyle, who stood down after no disclosure of his political links was made when his partner was interviewed by the Waikato Times.
Labour will be hoping they don’t find anyone.
McIndo McIndoe Macindoe won the seat with a majority of 1,618 in 2008 when the Green candidate attracted 1,389 votes.
Without a Green candidate to split the left vote the seat could be far more marginal.
1331 The Battle of Płowce between the Kingdom of Poland and the Teutonic Order was fought.
1422 The Teutonic Knights signed the Treaty of Melno with the Kingdom of Poland and Grand Duchy of Lithuania.
1540 The Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) received its charter from Pope Paul III.
1590 Pope Urban VII died 13 days after being chosen as the Pope, making his reign the shortest papacy in history.
1605 The armies of Sweden were defeated by the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth in the Battle of Kircholm.
1669 The Venetians surrender the fortress of Candia to the Ottomans, ending the 21-year long Siege of Candia.
1825 The Stockton and Darlington Railway opened, and begins operation of the world’s first service of locomotive-hauled passenger trains.
1903 Wreck of the Old 97, a train crash made famous by the song of the same name.
1908 The first production of the Ford Model T car was built at the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan.
1937 Balinese Tiger declared extinct.
1940 World War II: The Tripartite Pact was signed in Berlin by Germany, Japan and Italy.
1941 The SS Patrick Henry was launched becoming the first of more than 2,700 Liberty ships.
1941 – Foundation of EAM (National Liberation Front) in Greece.
1942 Last day of the September Matanikau action on Guadalcanal as United States Marine Corps barely escaped after being surrounded by Japanese forces.
1942 – Alvin Stardust, English singer, was born.
1943 Randy Bachman, Canadian musician, was born.
1944 The Kassel Mission resulted in the largest loss by a USAAF group on any mission in World War II.
1947 Meat Loaf, ( Michael Lee Aday)American singer, was born.
1948 Michele Dotrice, English actress, was born.
1949 The first Plenary Session of the National People’s Congress approved the design of the Flag of the People’s Republic of China.
1953 Greg Ham, Australian musician and songwriter (Men at Work), was born.
1954 The nationwide debut of Tonight! (The Tonight Show) hosted by Steve Allen on NBC.
1958 Socttish author Irvine Welsh was born.
1959 Nearly 5000 people died on the main Japanese island of Honshū as the result of a typhoon.
1964 The British TSR-2 aircraft XR219 made its maiden flight from Boscombe Down in Wiltshire.
1972 Gwyneth Paltrow, American actress, was born.
1974 William Sutch was charged with spying.
1977 The 300 metre tall CKVR-TV transmission tower in Barrie, Ontario, was hit by a light aircraft in a fog, causing it to collapse. All aboard the aircraft were killed.
1986 Clifford Lee Burton of Metallica died in tour bus accident.
1995 The Government of the United States unveiled the first of its redesigned bank notes with the $100 bill featuring a larger portrait of Benjamin Franklin slightly off-centre.
1998 Google was founded.
2003 Smart 1 satellite was launched.
2008 CNSA astronaut Zhai Zhigang became the first Chinese person to perform a spacewalk while flying on Shenzhou 7.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia