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Free speech group calls for donations to pursue legal action against Massey Uni over cancelled Brash speech

The Free Speech Coalition have revealed it will issue legal proceedings against the Vice Chancellor of Massey University over the cancellation of a planned speech by Don Brash, if it raises enough funds. 

Dr David Cumin spoke to 1 NEWS about the decision. Source: 1 NEWS

The Coalition, of which Mr Brash is a member, released a statement today saying: "This is a disgraceful breach of the University's own charter and mission to 'promote free and rational inquiry', and sets a dangerously low bar for hate speech," member Melissa Derby said. 

The University remains at odds with police over claims of security concerns and threats of violence. Source: 1 NEWS

Dr Brash, a former National leader and Reserve Bank governor, was due to speak to the university's Politics Society in Palmerston North today, but vice-chancellor Jan Thomas cancelled the event citing safety concerns.

Massey University on Tuesday released a statement saying members of the politics club "approached University management concerned about their ability to meet the agreement’s terms around security after becoming aware of social media posts suggesting the event could lead to violence". 

Mr Brash was due to speak at the university, but had his speech cancelled by Jan Thomas. Source: 1 NEWS

Dr David Cumin of the Free Speech Coalition said it was "clear that free speech issues are not going away".

Massey University told 1 NEWS it does not comment on threats of legal action.