Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search

 


GCSB Bill Sent To Select Committee

GCSB Bill Sent To Select Committee

A bill setting up a new legal framework for the Government Communications Security Bureau has completed its first hurdle and sent to the specialist security committee for a two month consideration period.

The bill follows the discovery that the GCSB had been illegally spying on New Zealanders at the request of other agencies.

After moving into Urgency, the Government Communications Security Bureau and Related Legislation Amendment Bill was introduced and given its first reading.

Justice Minister Judith Collins said the bill was necessary to clarify and create a legal framework around the GCSB’s ability to monitor and intercept the communications of New Zealand residents.

The bill would also create an oversight regime which would create protections to protect people’s rights, she said.


Labour Leader David Shearer said the bill would be opposed as National had created a Band-Aid solution which raised significant concerns around privacy and rights. National had not attempted to build a political consensus around the issue and appeared to be treating the Intelligence and Security Committee and its members with contempt.

Shearer said there needed to be an inquiry to rebuild public confidence in the intelligence sector and to build a political consensus.

NZ First Leader Winston Peters said there was a role for the GCSB to monitor some New Zealanders to protect other New Zealanders.

``Terrorism can be home grown’’

However Peter said the current bill was far too loose and needed more safeguards and clarifications and without changes NZ First would not be supporting it.

The bill completed its first reading by 61 to 59 with National, ACT and United Future in favour

After a further lengthy debate it was sent to the Intelligence and Security Committee for consideration with a report back date of July 26 by 61 to 57.

MPs began the first reading of the Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Bill.

**
ParliamentToday.co.nz is a breaking news source for New Zealand parliamentary business featuring broadcast daily news reports

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Werewolf: Pitch Perfect

Among his other blessings, Pope Francis has been a gift to the world of marketing studies. There can be few other examples where a leader has transformed the perception of an enterprise so thoroughly, but without making any discernible change to its core principles. More>>

ALSO:

US Politics: The Democrats Try To Engage With America (Again)

Venues are being rebooked to accommodate the thousands of people coming to listen to Vermont Senator, avowed socialist, and presidential aspirant Bernie Sanders talk about the redistribution of wealth. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Deal Over Iran’s Phantom Nukes (And Nuking Greece’s Future)

How could Iran continue to be expected to do all the military heavy lifting in the battle against Islamic State, while still being economically sanctioned and isolated for the threat that Teheran allegedly poses to the region? More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf 56 Out Now: Pope, Secret Evidence, Point Break, Democrats, Pigeons

Hi and welcome to the 56th edition of Werewolf, in which our cover story this month analyses the remarkable change of global public opinion towards the Papacy that Pope Francis has wrought - especially so, given the depths of unpopularity to which the Vatican had sunk during the reign of his predecessor… More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Crisis In Greece

Greece, as the cradle of democracy, is getting no brownie points for actually practicing it. The decision by the Greek government to go back to the people for a mandate for the bailout terms being proposed by the Eurozone seems entirely appropriate. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news