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Our movement is becoming more diverse. Recently, National Party leader Judith Collins joined the Free Speech Union – the first National Party leader we’re aware of to join a trade union while in office. ACT’s David Seymour is on board too.

And this week Matt McCarten has become a member. Matt is a former Labour Party Chief of Staff under two leaders (including Andrew Little).

If you’d told me three years ago I’d help run a trade union with Matt McCarten and David Seymour as members, I wouldn’t have believed you!

If your politics sit anywhere between Matt McCarten on one end and David Seymour on the other, or somewhere between Judith Collins and Chris Trotter then join us as a member of the Free Speech Union.

Our power is solely from the number of Kiwis standing up for the cause. That’s why we need your support.

Matt sat down for a podcast interview about the centrality of free speech to traditional Left-wing politics and societal progress, why we should reject free speech being a Left-Right issue. Click here to listen to the podcast.

Online submission tool: Making it easy for Kiwis to have say on ‘Hate Speech’ proposals

We’ve made it easy for Kiwis to have their say on the Government’s so-called ‘hate speech’ laws.

If you’ve not already, take a moment to register a formal submission at www.freespeechsubmission.com

Minister of Justice won’t front to media to answer ‘Hate Speech’ questions

After Minister of Justice Kris Faafoi’s painful-to-watch dismantling by Tova O’Brien (in which he couldn’t and wouldn’t answer a single example of what speech would/ could be criminal under new laws) the Minister has gone to ground allegedly turning down every invitation to appear on Radio NZ to add clarity to the Government’s intentions. 

A member of our Union sent this cheeky response to the Minister’s running scared of the media…

More seriously though, the coverage is well worth a read: Silence over hate speech laws has allowed misinformation in, minorities say. The audio of the report is available here.

In the story Juliet Moses of the NZ Jewish Council is quoted as saying:

“I know they’re saying that the purpose of these laws is to enhance social cohesion. I think what we’re seeing right now is actually the opposite, if anything it’s causing lot of division.”

President of the Waitakere Indian association Sunil Kaushal was even more strident in his disapproval of Kris Faafoi’s disappearing act. 

“Put it this way, if you were in a corporate environment, your head would roll if you didn’t front up, you’re accountable to the people, they’re accountable to us. So if you don’t turn up, where is the accountability, where is the transparency?”

What seems clear is the Government are avoiding this debate because they do not have the confidence to sell their unpopular anti-speech policy to New Zealanders.

We can promise them their task is only going to get tougher as more and more Kiwis from across all walks of life are starting to see the proposed new laws for the dangerous, anti-human rights, legislative mess they are.