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Opinion

July 31, 2016

Over the break we had a win. Kiwi Robert Martin became the first person with a learning (intellectual) disability to be appointed to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, saying “people with a learning disability can do anything if they have the opportunities.” About time! My happiness was tempered by the […]

July 31, 2016

Once upon a time there was a faraway kingdom called Stockholm. Within Stockholm lived an Ice King, who was the coldest man in all the land. Long ago, before his heart froze over, he dated a super cool princess from a less faraway kingdom called Wellington. We will call her “Sharon.” Now, Sharon was planning […]

July 31, 2016

One day I decided that I should probably stop fucking my ex. But when you stop fucking your ex you stop fucking in general, and this is when the sexual void in my life emerged. I no longer had my quite regular bonking opportunities. In order to fill this new void, I decided to install […]

July 31, 2016

If you ask postgraduates, within the relatively small context of our university, about the broad theme of justice you will get a very diverse tangle of issues and perspectives. While I had this in mind, I could not help but wander off from the small context of Victoria, and also New Zealand, to the brutal […]

July 31, 2016

It’s near the end of our law school journeys and we’re still unlikely to give you a great definition. But justice in its application—the application of statutes, acts, and rules—culminates in the question of should justice be equal or equitable? If justice is equal, then that is what you see; the imaginary web of rules […]

July 31, 2016

Disclaimer: I’m not a law student, so this piece is more about experience and not fact. Second disclaimer: I wrote this two hours before sending it to the Salient editors. #offthecuff Natural justice is one of the fundamental tenets of our justice system. Natural justice extends beyond the judicial system to administrative (ie. government) decision […]

July 31, 2016

If you’ve ever felt the need for an accompaniment to your Rick Stein’s India inspired curry night that isn’t brown, beige, yellow, or orange, this is the salad for you. The final instalment of the recipes created in my own kitchen (from here on out it’s going to be a series of recipes for whatever […]

July 31, 2016

This week I thought I would compare VUWSA’s Model of Tertiary Education to rugby. I have been leading some research and consultation around the Productivity Commission’s investigation into the tertiary sector. This is what I told them and the people at the TEU Voices of Tertiary Education Symposium: Binding is important. Before we engage and […]

July 31, 2016

Welcome back to the second trimester I hope you all had wonderful relaxing breaks. If you’re like me, you might be optimistic coming into trimester two: planning to stay on top of readings and assignments, and generally just being a bit organised. Without fail, I go through this process every single trimester. So here’s a […]

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