Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Greens will defend defamation case, if it happens

21 February 2014

Greens will defend defamation case, if it happens

“The Green Party will vigorously defend any case of defamation brought by Colin Craig because we believe in the freedom of political speech and we believe in an inclusive and tolerant society,” said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman today.

“The freedom of political speech and an inclusive and tolerant society are core values of the Green Party. We don’t roll over on those values just because someone with deep pockets sets their lawyer on us.

“Colin Craig hasn’t actually said he is filing a defamation case, despite setting himself a deadline of today to do so.

“Today’s announcement that Mr Craig is instructing his lawyers to look into the matter further is far from a conclusive decision to pursue a defamation case.

“Maybe it would be better if Mr Craig chose to quietly climb out of the legal hole he has dug for himself and give up on this misguided action.

“It feels like Colin Craig is attempting to gag people who disagree with him. Differing views are part and parcel of politics. Maybe Colin Craig just isn’t suited for this line of work.

“Colin Craig claims he wants to raise the standard of political debate, while labelling gay relationships abnormal and describing his political opponents as having a mental illness. I think those views lower the tone.

“John Key is planning on gifting Colin Craig an electorate seat in a dirty deal arrangement. The real question is does John Key back Colin Craig’s statements and actions?

“Mr Craig’s statements and action give us a taste of what a John Key/Colin Craig Government would be like in terms of stifling political disagreement. You can’t bring your lawyers to parliament every day.

“The Green Party is proud of the work we have done to extend rights and freedoms for women and the gay community. We will continue to stand up for a tolerant and inclusive society.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Midwives On Pay Equity: Historic Bill Of Rights Case For High Court

“We have been left with no choice.” That from Karen Guilliland, the Chief Executive of the New Zealand College of Midwives, as the organisation prepares to file a pay parity discrimination case on the basis of gender under the NZ Bill of Rights Act in the High Court. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Children’s Commission Report On CYF

Accusing the overworked and underfunded staff at Child, Youth and Family of a “dump and run culture of neglect” is the kind of luxury that a Children’s Commissioner can afford to indulge in from his own comfy perch in the bureaucracy. More>>

ALSO:

Mt Eden Prison: Serco Inquiry Extended

A two month delay to the Government investigation into prison fight clubs shows the extent of problems within the Serco circus, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis. More>>

ALSO:

Health And Safety: Late Addition Of National Security Provisions A Concern

The New Zealand Law Society has expressed its significant concerns at the last-minute addition to the Health and Safety Reform Bill of provisions for a closed material procedure for court proceedings where national security is involved. More>>

ALSO:

Rugby And Beer: World Cup Alcohol Bill Passes

ACT MP David Seymour’s Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Extended licensing hours during Rugby World Cup) Bill completed its third reading by 99 to 21... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news