privileges committee

Parliament is planning to pass a law saying how much freedom its members (and others involved in its proceedings) have from legal liability. What's more, it's telling the courts that they've stuffed that issue up.

  

Three important public law developments fell on the one day. That makes posting a bit of a challenge!

Three pretty interesting public law developments took place today. (I fully recognise that attaching the descriptor "interesting" to the phrase "public law developments" is an open invitation to ridicule, but I stand by the claim!)

The House of Representatives' Privileges Committee is considering whether or not public servants should be given free reign to defame completely innocent individuals to their Ministers. Well, that's an exaggeration ... but read on anyway.

Upon my return to New Zealand (did I tell you I've been away? To America!?), I found a very nice letter waiting for me from the Hon Chris Finlayson.

US to negotiate free trade deal; Peters found guilty by privileges committee; Key changes tune on rail shares; science funding up 23%; and more

The front pages are crammed with three big stories today that would each warrant a splash on any other day.

Fonterra's Chinese nightmare; new police powers 'draconian'; Peters back before committee while Labour goes after his supporters; Greens promote new Hillary holiday; and more