Patrick Corish is a Law Clerk at Franks Ogilvie.
He finished his LLB/BA at Victoria University of Wellington in 2019 majoring in Philosophy and International Relations.
He was a researcher for the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union and a project coordinator for the Free Speech Coalition. He occasionally hosts the Free Speech Coalition Podcast.
His main interest is in public law and the relationship between law and economics. He is currently studying for the Bar.
Patrick enjoys tai chi and playing Go (an ancient Chinese board game) during his free time.
Franks Ogilvie Law Clerk Patrick Corish sat down with Imam Mustenser Qamar on the Free Speech Coalition podcast to discuss the position on free speech within Islam. As a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Imam Mustenser has a unique perspective on the value which free speech has to members of a minority community.
And you can hear more from Imam Mustenser at the Perspectives on Free Speech Panel at 6pm on Wednesday the 22nd July, held at VUW's Rutherford House and hosted by the Shalom Students' Association . More details here.
Law Clerk Patrick Corish interviewed Massey University's Dr Steve Elers on media during the Covid-19 crisis. Dr Elers is a professor of communications and media who's article criticising the Prime Minister attracted corrections from the PM's office. Patrick sat down withhim for a virtual episode of FSC Podcast, to discuss what this means for the media in the wake of the $50 million bailout package for news sites.
You may have seen recent stories that some officials recommended the Official Information Act (OIA) be suspended while the country was responding to Covid-19. Thankfully the Ombudsman rejected this view. It is in times of rapid law and policy making that the OIA is the most important.
The Official Information Act encapsulates the premise that all official information in New Zealand is available to the public unless there is good reason for it to be withheld. There are similar Acts in other Commonwealth countries.
It is far from a perfect instrument to getting information out of the government but it is an important tool for holding the government to account and ensuring they are transparent in their dealings. And can be very useful to gathering context and information for a public issue campaign.
Rarely does an OIA request alone form the basis for further action, or a claim against government. Public officials are now very aware that their work could be subject to a request so the chances of ‘gotcha’ result from an OIA is rare.
If you want to maximise the value you get from making a request, download our “How to” guide. And we are always happy to advise how you can use the OIA to your advantage. Get in touch with Senior Consultant, Brigitte Morten to learn more.