Principal Environment Judge appointed
Acting Principal Environment
Judge Laurence Newhook has been appointed the permanent
Principal Environment Judge, Attorney-General Christopher
Finlayson announced today.
Judge Newhook graduated LLB
(Hons) and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor in
1972. He worked as staff solicitor and later partner at law
firm Towle and Cooper and successor firms Brandon
Brookfield, latterly Brookfields, until his appointment to
the Environment Court in 2001.
Judge Newhook has been
acting as Principal Environment Judge for the past two years
and has been actively involved in Courts administration.
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On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney
Ridiculous reported comments on RNZ this morning by Trade Minister Tim Groser, as he sought to dampen down concerns about the leaked draft of the IP chapter of ther Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations. According to Groser, ‘extreme’ positions are common at the outset of negotiations, and these get whittled down over the course of negotiations. Fine.
Except that we’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations.
Still, Groser did promise that the cost of medicines would not rise as a result of the TPP trade deal. Great. But this is not what politicians in other countries are saying. More>>