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Out of puff

If you have never heard of a “carbolic smoke ball”, you are obviously not a lawyer. The 1892 British case Carlill v Carbolic Smoke Ball Company is a classic in the law of contract. After a new decision by New Zealand’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), we should reconsider it. [...]

Le cultural clash

It took the Australian Government years to decide whom to task with building its next generation submarine fleet. It was still not enough time to prepare them for the cultural clash that followed. [...]

Tricks and treats

Halloween is a strange feast in our calendar. Nobody knows what is celebrated and why. But that, I would argue, makes it the perfect candidate for New Zealand’s next public holiday. We need more nonsensical feasts to guide us through the year. [...]

Monkey business

I have never been the greatest fan of PETA, the radical animal rights organisation. But PETA’s latest publicity stunt made me rethink my prejudices. [...]

Questionable questions

It is the right of the opposition to hold the government to account. That much is out of question. But opposition MPs flooding the Government with requests for bits and pieces of meaningless information is more questionable. [...]

Our very own House of Cards

The new Parliament promises to be a place of high theatre.  It will be the stage for heroes and villains of Shakespearean proportions. [...]