Russel Norman on banned protest at sea

In a Green Party conference speech today Russel Norman makes a highly questionable claim.

Stopping free speech at sea

Of course, as far as the environment is concerned, it doesn’t end there.

John Key has now banned protest at sea.

To ensure nothing stands in the way of the oil profits of other big foreign multinationals, the Government has passed new laws under urgency to ensure those who stand up to defend our oceans and beaches from a devastating oil spill will go to jail or face a heavy fine.

He did this after Steven Joyce met with Shell Oil and Shell complained about protesters.

Overnight, National took away our constitutional right to freedom of speech.

As far as I know this is blatantly false.

Protest is still allowed at sea, but the law was changed to enforce keeping a safe distance from vessels carrying out their lawful business.

This is unforgivable lying by Norman.

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  1. Darryl

     /  1st June 2013

    Pete, you are 100% correct. It is all about safety, Mr Wussel Norman. If your going to repeat the story, at least tell the truth.

  2. Brown

     /  1st June 2013

    Its funny to watch people being surprised when politicians just do what they do. Norman is increasingly showing his true colours.

  3. robertguyton

     /  2nd June 2013

    “It’s all about safety”

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

    • Norman is wrong when he claims protest at sea has been banned. That’s dishonest. That is, it’s lying.

  4. robertguyton

     /  2nd June 2013

    You are splitting hairs. I can do that. Russel didn’t say all protests at sea are banned. he was talking about the specific recent example and he is correct. Key did ban protests at sea.

    • He said “John Key has now banned protest at sea.

      Overnight, National took away our constitutional right to freedom of speech.”

      Now you are claiming he didn’t mean all protest at sea? He should have made that clear if that’s what he meant – how do you know what he meant?

      And he didn’t ban protest at sea. He banned endangering lives and property and impeding the legal right of passage.

      Right of protest doesn’t overrule the rights of others.

    • Robert – what protest at sea are you claiming that Key banned?

  5. robertguyton

     /  2nd June 2013

    Those that just a few months ago were legal. Do you not keep up with the news, Pete?

  6. robertguyton

     /  2nd June 2013

    Try protesting within x-number of metres of a prospecting ship, Pete, then you’ll know what I’m refering to. Last year you could legally do this. Now you can’t. Key sold out to the foreign oil-hunters. Who did he sell out? The New Zealand public, who til then, could protest at sea under the cionditions I describe. For our own safety?
    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.
    Don’t be a ridiculous apologist for this dictatorial government.
    You are trying to justify Key’s actions by playing with words. Give it up, You’re not that good with them.

    • Darryl

       /  2nd June 2013

      robertguyton, your lying just as much as your mate (give me back my flag) Norman. He is a hypocrite to boot. Why don’t you give it up you ridiculous commo twit.

  7. Darryl, you impress me with your broad political knowledge and sharp wit. I should concur with your request to ‘give it up’ but something in me says, stay, talk with Darryl, Darryl needsyou, and I listen, I do, to own counsel, so I will. Go on, Darryl. Fill yer boots.


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