The Crimes (Repeal of Seditious Offences) Amendment Bill passed its first reading unanimously tonight and has been sent to select committee. However, not all parties were wholehearted in their support. New Zealand First explicitly hedged its bets, citing fears of seditious Muslims (who seem to have replaced "asians" as the demons d'jour among the old and racist). Meanwhile, National seems to have changed its mind over the weekend, with Simon Power also hedging where Chris Finlayson and (IIRC) Richard Worth had previously offered wholehearted support. The bill will still pass anyway - there's no question that it has the numbers - but it depressing to see parties sacrificing a fundamental freedom of speech issue to preserve their ability to pander to racists and bigots.
Meanwhile, thanks to Hone Harawira, I seem to have been Hansarded for the first time. Score!