28 Jun 2021

PM hopes for meaningful debate over hate speech laws

From Morning Report, 8:33 am on 28 June 2021

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she hopes opposition parties will engage in a meaningful debate over proposed changes to the country's hate speech laws.

The Government wants to introduce harsher penalties for hate speech including up to three years of jail time and fines up to $50,000, as part of its response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the mosque attacks.

The National and ACT parties have come out against the plans, calling the changes 'Orwellian' and 'cancel culture on steroids.'

Ardern says the proposal is about strengthening what laws the country already has in place.