When 2011 announced its arrival in Queensland with the worst floods on record, it was difficult to imagine that anything good could come out of it. Unless, that is, you have the job of drafting a new problem for the High School Mooting Competition which Bond Law sponsors every year. As the person occupying that particular bed of nails I like to make the problem scenarios topical and as I watched residents being plucked from rooftops, the Lord Mayor of Brisbane with his sleeves rolled up directing clean-up operations, and the Foreign Minister touring his home constituency in gumboots, I had the germ of an idea.