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ACT’s Protect Free Speech Petition Reaches 10,000 Signatures


“ACT’s petition to protect the free speech of New
Zealanders and oppose the Government’s proposed hate
speech laws has today reached 10,000 signatures,” says ACT
Leader David Seymour

“Our ACT caucus has been
travelling the country with our Free Speech Tour. Hundreds
of people have come along to share their thoughts and
concerns about what the Government’s proposed hate speech
laws might mean for our country

“Hate speech laws
are divisive and dangerous, turning debate into a popularity
contest where the majority can silence unpopular
views.

“A recently releases cabinet paper shows the
penalty would be a maximum of three years in prison for
having an unpopular thought. That’s longer than the
sentences for child assault, participating in a riot and
male assaults female.

“We still don’t know what
the Government’s definition is. The cabinet paper says
defining hate speech would be difficult and when asked what
hate speech was the Prime Minister said “When you see it,
you’ll know it.”

“The hundreds of people attending
our public meetings and thousands signing our petition shows
New Zealanders expect a higher standard of law
making.

“If you’d like to join the 10,000 Kiwis
who have already sent the Government a message, you can
sign our petition
here
.”

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