Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Counter Terrorism Bill creates new powers

Counter Terrorism Bill creates new powers, offences

New terrorism-related offences will be created, and Police and Customs officers will have new powers to assist investigations under the Counter Terrorism Bill introduced by Justice Minister Phil Goff today.

"This Bill reflects the need for New Zealand to ensure we have a comprehensive legislative framework in place that reflects the new, more dangerous era of international terrorism that we live in," Mr Goff said.

"It creates new offences which close potential gaps that could be exploited by terrorists, and gives necessary powers to Police and Customs to investigate and prosecute those offences.

"The Bill complements the Terrorism Suppression Act which came into force on last October, and enables New Zealand to ratify the final two of 12 UN conventions on terrorism.

"New offences under the bill include improper use or possession of nuclear material; threatening to use such material; importing, acquiring or possessing radioactive material with the intention of causing injury, and knowingly possessing, using, making, exporting or importing unmarked plastic explosives.

"It will also be an offence to contaminate food, crops, water or other products intended for human consumption, or to infect animals with disease with the intention of causing serious risk to an animal population or major damage to the national economy.

"Other offences include harbouring or concealing a person that intends to carry out a terrorist act or has already done so; threatening harm to persons or property, and falsely communicating information about danger to persons or property with the intent of disrupting commercial or government interests.

"The new offences carry maximum penalties ranging from seven years' jail to 10 years' jail and a $500,000 fine (for the nuclear and plastic explosives offences).

"Terrorism becomes an aggravating factor under the Sentencing Act 2002, and therefore carries harsher penalties. For example, a murder carried out as a terrorist act carries a minimum non-parole period of 17 years," Mr Goff said.

The Bill will enable Police and Customs officers to use electronic tracking devices as an investigative tool. It will require a court warrant which will be issued if the judge is satisfied there are reasonable grounds to suspect an offence is being, or will be, committed, and that it is in the public interest to issue a warrant.

"During the execution of a search warrant, Police will have the power to require assistance from a person where necessary, such as providing passwords to access computers. Failure to assist will be an offence if the assistance is both reasonable and necessary.

"The Bill expands on the Terrorism Suppression Act by allowing Customs to detain property, cash or cash equivalents crossing New Zealand's border if there is good cause to suspect that the owner is a designated terrorist entity, or an entity that may be eligible for designation," Mr Goff said.

The Bill will be referred to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee to hear submissions. The committee is expected to report back by July 31.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election