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Law & Government

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Our representatives in Parliament and their advisors have the power to affect thousands, even millions, of lives. From the constitutional framework that empowers and limits government, to issues of law and policy that touch on deeper issues like the value and inviolability of human life, we continue an active engagement and interest in a range of policy and legal issues.

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Don’t leave law to the lawyers

By Alex Penk


One day, a man called John Entick was at home when in walked Nathan Carrington and three other government agents….

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The $64,000 question

By Julian Wood


As my colleague discussed in a recent column, we have to be careful that our desire to punish offenders and…

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Is there demand for a tourist tax?

By Danielle van Dalen


I’m no economist, but even I know that basic economic theory says that as the price for a product increases,…

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Does punishment prevent crime?

By Jeremy Vargo


Benjamin Franklin once wrote to a friend that “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and…

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Beware the consequences of the waka-jumping bill

By Danielle van Dalen


Like many, my first introduction to politics was through a class election. My group decided our key campaign promise was…

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Submission: The End of Life Choice Bill

By Danielle van Dalen


We are opposed to the End of Life Choice Bill. The dangers of this Bill lie at its very core…

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“No.8 wire” ethic is not enough

By Julian Wood


While New Zealanders are proud of the “number 8 wire” ethos that represents our ingenuity and resourcefulness, our actual productivity…

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New Zealanders need to inspect details of End of Life Choice Bill

By Alex Penk


MEDIA RELEASE: Thursday, 14 December 2017 With the End of Life Choice Bill now voted through to Select Committee stage,…

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Three strikes, out

By Alex Penk


The “Three Strikes” legislation is going to be struck out. The new Government has promised to repeal the law in…

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Dodging the lolly-scramble for power

By Alex Penk


As a kid, there was one word that always got your heart racing and your legs pumping at a community…

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The battle lines for our votes

By Kieran Madden


It’s the economy, stupid. This phrase, coined by one of Bill Clinton’s wily campaign strategists, has done a crude but…

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Press column: The price of a ticket on the Universal Basic Income train

Press column: The price of a ticket on the Universal Basic Income train

By Alex Penk


Read Alex and Julian’s column, published in the Christchurch Press:  The price of a ticket on the Universal Basic Income…

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Press column: Why populist politicians favour the dangerous appeal of referendums

Press column: Why populist politicians favour the dangerous appeal of referendums

By Alex Penk


Read Alex’s latest column in the Christchurch Press:  Why populist politicians favour the dangerous appeal of referendums “In the vast…

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The dangerous appeal of binding referendums

By Alex Penk


“Actually, when you drill into it, there are some big reasons to think twice before embracing binding referendums.” Click here…

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MIC 08 | The experts against euthanasia


With David Seymour’s End of Life Choices Bill up for a first reading in Parliament, legal assisted suicide is firmly on…

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The illusion of certainty in the End of Life Choices Bill

By Danielle van Dalen


David Seymour is convinced his End of Life Choices Bill, drawn from the Private Member’s Ballot last Thursday, would be…

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Welfare to work?

By Kieran Madden


Just where do people go when they move off a benefit? It’s a serious question that demands an answer. Why?…

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The regional role of iwi

By Julian Wood


Bill English has made a splash in the last few days, both for his sheep shearing skills and his first-time…

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The public square vs the voting booth

By Alex Penk


Why was Donald Trump’s election so surprising? One obvious reason is that he was completely unfit to be president. Less…

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Lessons from America

By Kieran Madden


While most of us have experienced holding our nose as we vote, our American friends are, as usual, taking it…

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