Thursday, October 19, 2006

Sedition in Question Time

It looks like sedition is on the agenda for Question Time today:

5. KEITH LOCKE to the Minister of Justice: Does he agree with Law Commission President Sir Geoffrey Palmer that in a free society like New Zealand, which respects the democratic value of free speech, people should not be able to be punished for defaming the Government; if so, will he act to implement the recommendation of the Law Commission “that the seditious offences set out in sections 81 to 85 of the Crimes Act 1961 be abolished.”?

It will be interesting to see whether they have developed a view yet.


I would replace 'not be able to be punished' with 'not be able to be criminalised', personally.

Posted by james cairney : 10/19/2006 12:16:00 PM

Hmmmm, of all of the noise regarding this government, this is one of the issues that is most troubling.

Posted by backin15 : 10/19/2006 04:30:00 PM