NZ First decided not to give their support at the last moment, with leader Winston Peters proposing an amendment that would re-enact sedition laws repealed seven years ago. It was defeated.
Good God. The sedition laws were repealed unanimously by Parliament after a report from the Law Commission showing their long history of abuse, where people were jailed for what they said, not what they did. Much of the work the Law Commission did, came from a series of posts by No Right Turn on the issue.
It’s bad enough that Winston tried to reintroduce discredited sedition laws, but even worse he tried to do it at the committee of the house stage, which would have been incredibly undemocratic to have such a significant law change occur with basically no public notification and consultation.
Once again I am so pleased the Government is not reliant on him.