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The Act Party has announced a new members bill that would repeal parts of the Human Rights Act.

Leader David Seymour said the government was planning to restrict speech laws, and his party’s new Freedom to Speak Bill would repeal parts of the Act and the Summary Offences Act which makes insulting and offensive speech unlawful.

Mr Seymour said the Human Rights Commission had failed to defend the country’s most “basic right”, and he wanted it to be abolished.

Speaking on TV3’s Newshub Nation today, Mr Seymour said while it should be a crime to incite or threaten violence, no one should be punished for insulting speech.

“What’s more important is that we don’t go down a path that the UK has been down where people can have the police come around to their door and potentially arrest them – and have actually detained people just for sending a tweet.”

Mr Seymour said that was something that needed to be avoided.

He planned to relaunch his political party tomorrow, however he said the name of the party would stay the same.

“After twenty years of investing in it – we thought we’d keep it.”

Mr Seymour said there would be a place for the Act Party and its redefined policies at the 2020 election.

The government has fast-tracked a review of hate speech laws in the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque attacks, saying there were currently gaps in the laws.

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  1. Great to see a breath of fresh air from David.
    I am tempted to vote ACT in the next election, just to send a right wing message to National (and the whole of NZ)
    I was tempted to party vote ACT last time, but was put off by their low polling.
    If only they could get nearer to 5%.
    They really need a higher profile and more members in the news media, otherwise it looks like the David Seymour party.

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    • I asked David about that when I went and listened to him, he thinks ‘one’ if a balance of power situation arises is enough. I wanted to know who else was on the list, it sounded pretty well unchanged from the last election.

      I wish them well for their conference today and for their proposed TED-style video clips that will appear on facebook etc that emerge from today.

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      • The Act reps at Seymour’s talk said Act would be looking for candidates for the election once they have their relaunch today.

        I too considered voting for Act at the last election but could not find anything about the party except for Seymour. I decided not to vote for them because of that lack of structure. After hearing David speak last week, his support of free speech and his stand against the arbitrary power mongers that is the CoL. I plan to give Act my party vote and National my electorate vote. We need Act to have a strong standing in Parliament or the status quo will continue with National not being prepared to move us away from the socialism trench the CoL are dragging us into.

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        • Yup, I am thinking along similar lines…. Gun Laws, Freedom of Speech, Climate Change. I like their policies on all three.

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    • You have illustrated their problem. You’ll vote ACT if they did better. If you agree with their policies nore than any others, vote for them. Yes, it may mean another term or two of Labour but if everyone who wants to vote ACT does, the message that NZ rejects the socialist march of authoritarian control will be heard. It may be just the impetus to help NZ into a better future than Venezuela.

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      • I’m doing it this time- like many others I was reluctant in the past simply because of the numbers, but if enough of us vote for someone who better represents what we believe in they will gain seats in Parliament. The second Simon Bridges said it would be “remarkable” if the Govt could confiscate rifles off of law-abiding Kiwis who murdered no one, that was it for me. I don’t even have an AR-15. It’s the principle. Go ACT party!

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    • I am tempted to vote ACT in the next election, just to send a right wing message to National (and the whole of NZ)
      I was tempted to party vote ACT last time, but was put off by their low polling.
      If only they could get nearer to 5%.

      Sorry to pick on you, but that is exactly why ACT polls poorly: you’re waiting for others to lead so you can follow.

      I knew ACT was polling poorly in 2017 and voted for them regardless. If ACT is to matter, people need to ignore their low polling and simply vote for them. Make it you rather some anonymous other.

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      • I will vote for them because they have the most policies I agree with. They will be the best for the country, the most important reason for my decision.

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      • well said. I will be voting for them this time. After a lifetime of voting National they are no longer the party that reflect my ideas.
        The fact that I put those conservative poster up on the fence is not an endorsement of them.

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      • There is a difference is saying what you think to a pollster.
        Than your actual vote.
        The main reason that I did not Party vote Act last time was my worry that If I did not give it to National then it might benefit the left.
        I need to understand how the party vote works better.

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    • I ticked for your comment breath of fresh air. Vote ACT if you think they are worthy of your vote, if everyone waited for pole results to improve they will never win more than one seat. I think most people know poling these days is not worth the time it takes to get them out. People don’t tell the pollsters what they really think.

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    • The Beehive stinks of the swamp

      Well said DN15

      Absolutely a breath of fresh air compared to the fetid stench emanating from the swamp that has become our Parliament. Mr Seymour seems to have grown a pair in the past year, he lost my vote last time around because he was almost indistinguishable from the fucking awful National (Labour Lite) policies. In particular, his tacit support for increasing the refugee quota was beyond the pale.

      However, he seems to be the only politician who seems able to support basic centrist principles in that disreputable house. Golly G is a giant threat to freedom in NZ. The HRC is a viper’s nest of left wing fascists, led by a Corbyn accolyte. I loved that Seymour called out that twit Tesoriero for her bimbo-ness about the fake news that a dutch girl had euthanised herself because she was sexual abused as a child.

      I think Seymour maybe the only politician in NZ competent enough to feel the massive groundswell from us shy-tories who are unrepresented at the moment While, I’m tempted to vote for Peters again to keep the mayhem going (hoping that there is a small chance that the NZ electorate might wake up to the problem of MMP) I think NZF might be extinguished next election – so my vote is in Seymour’s pocket now and every new “Fuck you” initiative like this that he rolls out, cements my loyalty.

      I’m sick of vampire National candidates who do nothing for their communities when in power, only appear in public for a few months before every election then disappear back to their crypts for the remaining 2 years and 6 months till the next election. The useless idiot in my electorate is so bad that I’ll be voting for the pathetic Labour candidate in 2020 to try and get the steaming pile of National shit removed (I know it won’t happen but the best I can hope for is that the useless moron will start to get nervous if the majority gets slimmed down).

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      • …..”I’ll be voting for the pathetic Labour candidate in 2020 to try and get the steaming pile of National shit removed”……

        I didn’t realise you lived in the Wairarapa electorate!

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        • Lol. No there’s more than just you and me with this problem. Although you are worse off than I am, you literally have a bloody chardonnay socialist for an MP.

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      • You had me right up to, “I’ll be voting for the pathetic Labour candidate in 2020 to try and get the steaming pile of National shit removed (I know it won’t happen but the best I can hope for is that the useless moron will start to get nervous if the majority gets slimmed down).”

        While I understand your sentiment, I could not bring myself to support Labour in any shape or form after this current incompetent performance by this bunch of Marxists. They need no encouragement to believe they are the chosen ones.

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  2. I have good regard for David Seymour. I do not accept there is any need or merit in the current government fast tracking a review of so called “ hate speech” laws .

    We must not follow the UK in this matter.

    Sections 13 and 14 of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 are clear enough. I am not keen on any changes to New Zealand law on freedom of speech or expression. I suggest attempting to define hate speech or separate out insulting speech in legislation may not be helpful.

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  3. National are fools- They should be doing this!
    My ‘two ticks blue’ is very likely to change unless we see some spine from them real soon…

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    • No offense intended but I consider anyone promoting the “two ticks blue” or red, or yellow, or green to be an idiot who should not be allowed to vote.

      Your votes should be decided solely on (a – electorate) who is the best candidate to represent you in parliament and (b – party) on which party will work towards taking the country where you think it should be.

      Deciding early (possibly 20-30 years early for some) on where you will vote has brought the country to where it is now, where parties (I hope you’re reading this Simon) ignore their main supporters and simply chase pragmatic policies aimed at gaining power rather than promoting policies that follow the reason for the party initially being created.

      No, change that. I do mean to offend.

      Hopefully, being offended will make you stop to think before voting and in doing so actually do the duty inherent in your right to vote.

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      • None taken Tinman! My point wasn’t who or which party I intend to vote for.
        My point was that Islamic/Sharia Law is coming and I am fucking disgusted that National are refusing to object/stand up for this Country.

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        • My party vote is going to ACT this time, but I do like our National MP and voted for him twice in the past. I’ve still got time to think about it….could be yellow/blue for me. All I wish for is the complete meltdown of this COL. I want freedom, free speech, and low taxes. (and all the meat I can consume f*ck you Greens!)

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  4. I see that Maori Council guy Tukaki has come out against Seymour.
    Tukaki would have to be one of the most dangerous characters operating in the elite race based industry at the present time.

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  5. The far left shutting down free speech will give the stupid less chance of knowing anything new. Living in an echo chamber is not good for broadening anyone’s view of the world. Keeping people stupid is a great way of cementing votes.

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    • The only “values” that the left hold dear are high taxes and hatred of the white, middle class. Any other values change when the wind blows. This is the mentality we put up with. Just remember every time you fill your car with petrol, every time you eat fast food, every time you visit the local butcher, and every time you exercise free speech, the lefties and greenies despise you. Smile like I do 🙂

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  6. Black Bastard is no worse than “Colonialist” (my favourite) or “White Privilege” (still waiting for mine lol) as far as I’m concerned. I’m so offended 🙂

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  7. I’m deeply offended by the term Pakeha. The more I am told by Maori racists that I should not be the more offended I become.

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    • Pakeha, or “Pa flea” sounds offensive to me. My family have been here since 1842 and as far as I am aware from family records we have done nothing more than settle here and work to survive and be part of the community. Early family records have an account of an axe wielding Maori chap violently threatening the settler family and in response he was left a bowl of soup. That’s oppression for you.

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