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Cameron Slater's Court Appearance

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Cameron Slater
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Blogger Cameron Slater is back in the Auckland District Court at 10am today to contest a name suppression order.

Mr Slater's legal counsel has argued there is no case to answer on a variety of grounds.

"Name suppression in New Zealand needs a radical overhaul, as the current system is unjust," Mr Slater said.

"Prominent people, or people prominent in their own minds, get name suppression, while the rest of society face a different standard."

Mr Slater, who faces a maximum fine of $1,000, has campaigned against name suppression for nearly a year, using his blog www.whaleoil.co.nz to highlight what he calls the "stupidity" of the current law.

The law on name suppression is out of step with suppression laws in the rest of the world, and favours those with competent lawyers, rather than promoting one law for all, he said.

"Justice Minister Simon Power has been inept in dealing with this issue, and he should hand over the justice portfolio to a competent colleague. It is typical that a member of the liberal elite like Minister Power prefers to protect criminals rather than victims or the New Zealand public."

Donations to Mr Slater's Legal Defence Fund can be made to through his blog.

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