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Education and Training (Freedom of Expression) Amendment Bill

Drawn from the ballot and introduced on Oct 11. The Bill in the name of ACT MP James McDowall would require tertiary education institutions protect freedom of expression, including by issuing codes of practice. Tertiary education institutions would not be allowed to rely on their duty to eliminate or minimise potential risk of mental harm to students, staff, or visitors under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2 as a reason not to comply with their duty to ensure freedom of speech. Tertiary education institutions will be ineligible for funding, and may have funding suspended, revoked, or withdrawn, if they fail to comply with the requirement to protect freedom of expression. First reading on May 18 and voted down by Labour,  Greens  and Te Paati Māori. Education and Training (Freedom of Expression) Amendment Bill