Posts by Richard_Elwin

  • Speaker: Compulsory voting and election turnout,

    Not only is there no right not to vote, but even if there were, a compulsory system that provides for abstentions would not violate it.

    It'd be a pretty hard argument to make that the Democratic and Civil Rights sections of the Bill of Rights don't imply a right to not participate in a political process you don't want to be involved in.

    The claimed logic of compulsory voting being an extension to the right to vote is pretty weak in this piece. Largely since this logic put forward appears somewhat circular - I assume everyone should vote therefore an obligation to participate is an extension of the right to vote.

    Since Jan 2014 • 3 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Who Are Disabled New Zealanders?,

    So of the 9, how many are simply suffering from having grown old?

    Since Jan 2014 • 3 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Cranks, self-seekers and the mayor, in reply to Martin Lindberg,

    Sigh. What do these people want?

    Following the Facebook links to Stephen Berry's anti-Brown march co-organiser, it appears they want a world free of chemtrails and fluoride.

    Perhaps with the holidays now over, political news will have a bit more substance and a bit less of Kim Dotcom, Colin Craig and Brown's indiscretions.

    Since Jan 2014 • 3 posts Report Reply