Bell Gully stand firm

In a brilliant piece in the Dominion Post today Bell Gully partner Roger Partridge and solicitor Jesse Wilson re-state their opinion that

‘ we…consider the bill’s interference with political expression cannot be justified in a free and democratic society, and is insconsistent wil the rights protected by the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990’

They also note the following

‘We are also concerned that the bill will tend to have a “chilling effect” on the willingness of citizens to participate in political discourse in an election year. Faced with arbitrary and complex rules, some citizens may undestandably prefer not to engage in political advocacy rather than incur the risk and expense of testing their interpretations of the law in court proceedings’

I cannot, as yet, find the link to the article but will post it as soon as it is available.

Kill the Bill

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