‘Deplatformed’ philosopher Peter Singer finds new venue

Photo: Alletta Vaandering

Controversial Australian philosopher Peter Singer has found a new venue for his New Zealand show at The Trusts Arena in Auckland.

The event’s promoter was left scrambling for a new venue at short notice after SkyCity Auckland cancelled Singer’s booking saying his previous statements on infanticide of severely disabled children would damage the venue’s reputation.

The speaking tour is focused on increasing charitable donations to lifesaving charities in developing counties.

The Trusts Arena said it saw no reason not to host Singer’s show as it didn’t “threat[en], abuse or insult” or “excite hostility against” a group of people on the basis of colour, race, or ethnic or national origins” or excite “ill-will or hostility against the people targeted or bring them into contempt or ridicule”.

Tour promoter ThinkInc said the SkyCity cancellation was the first time Singer had been “deplatformed” from a commercial venue during his 50 year career.