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The Harmful Digital Communications Bill
David Seymour fears this will be another case study in bad law-making and outlines why he opposes this Bill here. You have some dramatic event, to which people rightfully feel something should be done. Politicians feel compelled to do something. Creating a new law is doing something. It’s easy to assume it’s the right thing to do.

Free Thoughts - Harmful Digital Legislation

The Harmful Digital Communications Bill looks set to pass into law next week. I have voted against it, and have moved amendments in an attempt to improve the Bill. I want to explain why I oppose this Bill.

The legislation has good intentions – to protect people, especially young people, from online bullying.

But we can’t judge policies and programs by their intentions. It is results that matters. Bad legislation with good intentions is still bad legislation.

Vote out the abstainers –Seymour

Epsom MP David Seymour says councillors who abstain on voting for Auckland Council’s 10-year budget deserve to be voted out.

“As a central government politician it should not be my role to address those concerns. However, I’m contacted by people across Auckland furious about rate rises.

“Councillors are elected to stand up and be counted. That’s their role, especially on such an important transaction as setting a 10-year budget for the Auckland Council.

“If they won’t do so, this is a clear sign they don’t wish to be re-elected.