The Auckland University Students Assn provides a moment worthy of a Tui billboard this morning; the Herald reports (with our emphasis added):
A free-speech battle is shaping up at Auckland University tomorrow over a move to boot out an anti-abortion group from university facilities.ProLife Auckland, which claims more than 400 student members, faces disaffiliation from the students' association after a complaint that it distributed a pamphlet containing "misleading health information".The students' association is laying on a barbecue as an incentive to attract the required quorum of 200 students at a special general meeting to consider the motion in the university quad at 1pm tomorrow.Association vice-president Dan Haines said the executive was not recommending disaffiliation but was just putting the motion to the meeting."People communicated to our women's rights officers that it was an issue. It was the women's rights officers who brought it up," he said."Personally I think that maybe having a discussion is a good thing. It is a contentious club."
If the AUSA really ISN'T intent on disaffiliating ProLife Auckland, why is the association even holding a meeting, stumping up for a BBQ for 200 people, and waging a publicity campaign against ProLife which attempts to defend AUSA's move to stifle freedom of expression on the campus?
There is clearly an agenda behind the attempt to disaffiliate ProLife Auckland. If the AUSA was serious about representing EVERY student on the Auckland campus, they would subscribe to the words attributed to Voltaire:
"I disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"