The Law Commission is to be applauded for wanting the law against sedition to be scraped. As the Commission says, the law goes against any democratic principles of free speech, and unfortunately the 4th Labour Government never got around - despite its intentions - to abolishing it.
And so it’s telling that under the current Labour Government the charge of sedition has been put twice, after 64 years of it never being used, and now Helen Clark has stated she has no view on the justice of it or its repeal. As the blogger No Right Turn says, ‘If she'd paid attention to it, she would know that it is an unjust law, which counts among its primary victims the original leadership of her own party, including two of the first three Labour Prime Ministers, as well as many others who opposed injustice or advocated for a better New Zealand. As a left-wing politician, you'd think those would be excellent reasons for her to have a view on it.’