Amicus Curiae: Young Labour’s Gender Reassignment Surgery Proposal

Elizabeth Murray Yesterday, Labour MPs were questioned by the media about a policy remit put forward by Young Labour to ensure access and public funding to hormone replacement therapy and gender reassignment surgery. The proposal passed through two Young Labour regional party conferences, but still has a long way to go before even becoming part of the Labour Party’s policy …

Amicus Curiae: When The Courts Wave Play-On

Jason Kim Being a sports fan in 2015 is hard. Not in the sense that it’s more difficult to follow and enjoy the games – in fact, with the internet providing live streaming and content from all over the globe it’s never been easier to be a Real Madrid fan in India, to be an Oklahoma City Thunder fan in …

Amicus Curiae: Is Housing A Human Right?

Daniel Gambitsis New Zealand’s housing issues are a perennial news item, whether it is the price bubble, the leaky house crisis or state housing, and now David Rutherford, the Chief Human Rights Commissioner has addressed the issue. Mr Rutherford called for cross-party cooperation to confront the problems, bemoaning the lack of coordination in the current approach. He cited housing affordability and …

Amicus Curiae: Should Old Dogs Be Allowed to Learn New Tricks?

Elizabeth Murray As students, we understand only too well the financial struggles that come with trying to put ourselves through tertiary education. With both the cost of living and tertiary fees rising, the Government continues to restrict access to various parts of the student loan system. Recently, the Government has been accused of implementing ageist policies as part of this effort. …

Amicus Curiae: On “Ponytailgate”

Jason Kim In the latest scandal to rock the bizarro world of New Zealand politics, Prime Minister John Key has found himself in hot water after an anonymous blog post on The Daily Blog which alleged that the Prime Minister repeatedly pulled the ponytail of a waitress who worked at an Auckland café (the allegations were since confirmed by the …

Amicus Curiae: On Auckland Council’s Proposed ‘Legal Highs’ Policy

Sebastian Hartley When I last discussed ‘legal highs’ in May 2014, I predicted that the Psychoactive Substances Amendment Act 2014 would not only remove all legal highs currently on sale, but, because of the ban it introduced on animal testing of legal highs, would effectively prevent any legal high from ever being approved for sale, since animal testing is a …

Amicus Curiae: On the St Bede’s College Rowing Row Injunction

Elizabeth Murray The decision to grant an interim injunction to two St. Bede’s rowers to allow them to race in the Maadi Cup has caused controversy among the New Zealand public over the last few days. The two boys, Jack Bell and Jordan Kennedy, were removed from the team after they jumped on a luggage carousel at Auckland Airport and …