Join the Free Speech Coalition to help sue Phil Goff and Auckland Council

Whaleoil readers will know about Phil Goff’s fascist censorship of Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux.

A few familiar names have signed on to a campaign to take Auckland Council to court for breaching the Bill of Rights and the Human Rights Act.

A crowd-funding campaign has been launched to raise money to bring judicial review proceedings against Phil Goff and Auckland Council for their banning of speakers Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern at council-owned venues.

A Free Speech Coalition will collect funds for the legal action, and return them if the fundraising target is not met. The coalition has been advised that the cost of engaging lawyers and proceeding with urgent legal action will be approximately $50,000.

Supporters of the group include:

  • Dr Michael Bassett, former Labour party minister
  • Dr Don Brash, former leader of the National and AACT parties, and former Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand
  • Ashley Church, business leader
  • Dr David Cumin, Senior Lecturer University of Auckland
  • Melissa Derby, University of Canterbury academic
  • Stephen Franks, lawyer
  • Paul Moon, historian and Auckland University of Technology professor
  • Lindsay Perigo, broadcaster
  • Rachel Poulain, writer
  • Chris Trotter, political commentator and
  • Jordan Williams, lawyer.  

A fundraising target of $50,000 suggests these guys are serious.

A supporter of the coalition, Melissa Derby, says, “Standing up for free speech means standing up for speech you and I may personally find repugnant. We do not endorse these particular speakers’ views, but the general principle that people should be able to share, and be exposed to, controversial ideas.

“Banning a pair of populists that together have over a million YouTube subscribers sets an extraordinarily low bar for state censorship.” End of quote.

It shouldn’t matter one bit whether Molyneux and Southern are polarising. They are not calling for violence. They deserve the same rights to speech as extremists on the left.

Council facilities, paid for by the general public, should operate as common carriers for people of all political views. They should not discriminate based on the personal views of politicians, nor should their use be subject to the whims of those who would threaten violent protest.

 Chris Trotter, who is also supporting the effort, says, “We accept the case for blocking genuine hate speech, such as incitements of violence or other illegal activity. But curbing free debate under threat of disruption is neither desirable nor acceptable in a free and democratic society. Truth is not afraid of trigger-words. Truth does not need a safe space. Truth is not a snowflake. Truth can take the heat and most certainly should not be forced to vacate the kitchen in the face of a couple of Alt-Right populists and a politically correct Mayor.”

Spot on. Sadly the principled likes of Chris Trotter are a rare breed on the modern left.

Mayor Phil Goff has opened Auckland Council up to judicial review, as they are likely breaching the Bill of Rights Act (freedom of speech), and potentially the Human Rights Act (freedom from discrimination on the basis of political opinion). The Council are subject to both acts.

So much for the famed left-wing concern for human rights. Not only is Goff’s ban a breach of natural rights, it is likely illegal.

Phil Goff has denied New Zealanders the right to agree or disagree in an open forum. He has buckled to a loud minority, whether it’s PC media hacks, or those who would threaten violent protest. He deserves to be taken before a court for this.

 The Free Speech Coalition is already on its way to reach its $50,000 goal. If you wish to support the movement, visit www.freespeechcoalition.nz.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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