Fair Trading Amendment Bill with punitive measures

Fair Trading Amendment Bill with punitive measures

Wellington, December 28, 2019 The New Zealand government has introduced a Fair Trading Amendment Bill to Parliament, with new protections for businesses and consumers against unfair commercial practices. The Bill introduces a prohibition against unconscionable conduct and extends the current protections against unfair contract terms in standard form consumer contracts to also apply to business-to-business trading relationships with a value…

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Report cites poor performance of Parliament on human rights

Report cites poor performance of Parliament on human rights

Sourced Content Auckland, December 27, 2019 Democracy in New Zealand is suffering from a Parliament which under-performs in its scrutiny of human rights. A new report says that human rights oversight by Select Committees examining potential legislation is weak and ad hoc.  Human rights obligations and protections lack parliamentary leadership. Parliamentary Scrutiny of Human Rights in New Zealand: Glass Half Full? is…

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U S Citizenship no guarantee for some children born abroad

U S Citizenship no guarantee for some children born abroad

Victoria Reyes California, USA, December 27, 2019 The Trump administration announced on August 28, 2019 that it would revoke the longstanding policy of granting citizenship to some children of parents stationed abroad who are US citizens and government employees or members of the US armed forces. Public uproar ensued, including the use of the hashtag #Trumphatesmilitaryfamilies. Historic perspective The policy requires a more complicated…

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New Zealand bans entry of Khashoggi’s killers, Grace Mugabe

New Zealand bans entry of Khashoggi’s killers, Grace Mugabe

Gill Bonnett Wellington, December 26, 2019   The New Zealand government has banned visits from people involved in the killing of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. It will also not grant visas to the wife of former President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe. The restrictions came into place at the start of December. The instructions sent to Immigration New Zealand staff…

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Russia tests alternative to global internet

Russia tests alternative to global internet

RNZ, Wellington, December 26, 2019 Russia has successfully tested a country-wide alternative to the global internet, its government has announced. Details of what the test involved were vague but, according to the Ministry of Communications, ordinary users did not notice any changes. The results will now be presented to President Vladimir Putin. Dismantling the net Experts remain concerned about the…

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Increase in family harm worries Police, St John

Increase in family harm worries Police, St John

Wellington, December 26, 2019 Police are asking everyone to have a stress-free low-key Christmas Day, without the spike in family harm that they usually witness during this season. Inspector Fiona Roberts said that the Christmas season was an extremely busy time of year for police attending assaults and family violence incidents. “When families get together, children and our Tamariki are…

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Christmas has become commercial, not a bad thing

Christmas has become commercial, not a bad thing

Nelson Blackley Nottingham, UK, December 26, 2019 The “commercialisation” of Christmas has long been a feature of the season. Although there have been significant changes in seasonal shopping habits over the past decade (such as online stores and the introduction to the UK of “Black Friday) the practice of buying gifts, bringing a commercial element to festivities, is a well established tradition.…

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