In an unexpected (but welcomed!) development, Minister of Justice Kiri Allan announced this morning that proposed hate speech laws will be all but dropped. Gone is the threat of 3-year prison terms. In fact, the sole change will be the addition of religious beliefs under a new amendment to the Human Rights Act.
Free Speech Union board members Jonathan Ayling and Stephen Franks are joined by Left-wing political analyst Bryce Edwards and representative of the New Zealand Jewish council Juliet Moses, to discuss the dramatic reversal along with the Free Speech Union's influence on the decision, and why conceding on religious belief could have devastating consequences for free speech moving forward fsu.nz/join