Harmful communications law a threat to free speech

BY ACT at 11 September, 2018


Sir Ray Avery’s complaint against Newsroom under the Harmful Digital Communications Act is exactly the kind of unintended consequence ACT predicted when National proposed the law, says Party Leader David Seymour.


Avery has complained to Netsafe that a series of articles by Newsroom have caused him serious emotional distress.


“The National Government’s HDCA was a classic case of bad lawmaking. We had a high-profile event – the Roastbusters case – and then

No foreign aid until Nauru respects basic rights

BY ACT at 5 September, 2018


“The New Zealand Government should be sending Nauru a stern warning that millions in foreign aid will be cut if it does not respect basic human rights”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


Authorities in Nauru detained TVNZ reporter Barbara Dreaver for interviewing refugees on the island.


“A free press is a critical part of a democratic society and no state should interfere with journalists doing their jobs.


“New Zealand taxpayers will

Unattractive Massey faces recruitment crisis

BY ACT at 12 August, 2018


“Massey Vice-Chancellor Jan Thomas has cost the University hundreds of enrolments with her position on free speech, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


In a Facebook poll of about 850 young people, 90 per cent of respondents believed Massey University’s restriction on free speech made it a less attractive place to study.


“It is around this time of year secondary school pupils decide what university they want to go to. The Vice-Chancellor should

PM contradicts herself on free speech

BY ACT at 12 August, 2018


“The Prime Minister has completely contradicted herself on the Massey University free speech issue”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“Ms Ardern has said she disapproves of Massey’s decision to ban Dr Brash but she will keep giving the University taxpayer money to do it.


In Parliament this afternoon, the Prime Minister said she believed Massey University’s decision was an ‘overreaction’ but went on to confirm that she would do nothing about it.

Vice-Chancellor not upholding Massey University Charter

BY ACT at 12 August, 2018


“In barring Don Brash from speaking tomorrow, Massey University Vice-Chancellor Jan Thomas has acted contrary to her own institution’s charter, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“The Massey University Charter says that its mission is to “promote free and rational inquiry”.


“Jan Thomas has been derelict in her duty to uphold rights of students to debate political issues.


“She has run for hills at the first sign of trouble.


“We all