Ayaan Hirsi Ali should feel welcome in New Zealand

ACT Leader David Seymour is deeply saddened that Ayaan Hirsi Ali feels unable to come to New Zealand and Australia due to threats of violence, as reported this afternoon in Australian media.

“Nobody should have their freedom of speech shut down in the face of violence,” said Mr Seymour, who had purchased tickets to the Auckland event.

“The Prime Minister should reach out to Ayaan Hirsi Ali and assure her that whatever has been threatened in Australia, in New Zealand we’re proud to have in a free society where we battle with ideas, not threats of violence.”