On the eve of the three-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on mosques, the Commissioner for Racial Relations accused the government of “pulling heels” over proposed hate speech laws.

Strengthening anti-hate and anti-discrimination legislation was a key recommendation of the Royal Commission of Inquiry following the March 15 attacks in Christchurch.

Last year, the government published its proposals and invited the public to speak out, including about creating a new crime with harsher punishments and protection for more minority groups.

The proposals were subjected to harsh analysis, especially by opposition lawmakers, who were concerned about the implications for freedom of expression, and Justice Minister Chris Faofoi sometimes seemed unable to properly explain how they would be implemented. Read on

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