Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


No Such Thing As Absolute Freedom

PRESS RELEASE

22 December 1999

Graham Capill
Party Leader

NO SUCH THING AS ABSOLUTE FREEDOM

Party leader Graham Capill has criticised the findings of the Court of Appeal today following its decision in Mooney v Film and Literature Board of Review. “That the Bill of Rights must be taken more seriously in future decisions on classifying material may satisfy the legal niceties of the Act, but it fails to consider the ramifications of such decisions on the whole of society,” Mr Capill said.

“It is unacceptable to expect the Classification Office or the Board of Review to twist the words of the Films, Videos and Publications Act to find a meaning that will allow for the right to ‘Freedom of Expression’ granted under the Bill of Rights. That undermines the very purpose of classifying films and publications in the first instance.

“A much more common sense approach is needed. Everyone instinctively knows that sex between a man and a boy is totally unacceptable in a civilised society. Even the law recognises this by treating such behaviour as a crime. If that is not clear in the legislation, Parliament has a duty to make it so.

“The Court of Appeal appears to suggest that decision makers must do all they can to allow for a person’s freedom of expression. If the words in the Act allow it, that is enough, irrespective of the effect it might have on society. Such an approach to censorship is unacceptable and will result in widespread hard core pornography being admitted to our country.

“Future decisions are likely to undermine standards of decency and may well be injurious to children and young people.

“The Classification Office has been increasingly leaning to a liberal approach to the classification of works before it. This decision is likely to cause an avalanche in the availability of filthy material as preference is given to one’s freedom of expression over the maintenance of proper and necessary standards.

“The Government must step in urgently and make it clear that activities such as the exploitation of children, the use of violence to compel a person into sexual acts, sexual connection with a dead person, the use of urine or excrement and bestiality are all behaviours which are absolutely objectionable and issues of ones freedom of expression should not even arise. In particular, it has a duty to protect children and young people. This decision has opened the floodgates of depravity to such an extent that one may as well abandon censorship. Christian Heritage looks to the Government to close this loophole in the interests of maintaining decent standards,” Mr Capill concluded.

Contact: Party Leader Graham Capill (021) 661 766

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news