Free Speech Policy
New Conservative upholds and defends the current definition in New Zealand that:
“Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, including the freedom to seek, receive, and impart information and opinions of any kind in any form.”
We will uphold the spirit of true democracy and ensure that free speech in New Zealand remains free. We will uphold people’s right to deliver, hear and engage in robust ideological debate, in order to make properly informed decisions.
The New Zealand curriculum states that one of the goals of education is to produce critical thinkers. This can only happen when children are given all the arguments on any issue so that they can form their own opinions. We want our children taught how to think not what to think.
Controls and restrictions on communication must be carefully considered. The role of government is not to dictate to individuals on what is subjectively viewed as acceptable or not. Censoring will only occur when addressing criminal offending.