Parliament

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

 

Locke backs Brash / Peters call for SIS inquiry

22 November 2004

Locke backs Brash / Peters call for independent SIS inquiry

Green MP Keith Locke is supporting Don Brash and Winston Peters’ calls this morning for an independent inquiry into allegations that the SIS has been spying on Maori groups.

“I agree with Don Brash’s comment that the inquiry needs to be independent and Mr Peter’s view that it needs to be separate from the system,” said Mr Locke, the Green Party’s Spokesperson on Security and Intelligence.

“Jim Anderton’s assertion that the Intelligence and Security Committee should deal with the accusations is not credible.

“The Intelligence and Security Committee is forbidden by legislation from ‘conducting inquiries into complaints by individuals concerning the activities of an intelligence and security agency’.

“Such complaints can be dealt with by the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, but there is little confidence in that office following the former Inspector-General Laurie Greig’s handling of the Zaoui affair and his earlier whitewashing of the SIS’s illegal search of the home of Christchurch activist Aziz Choudry.

“In any case, the latest allegations raise broad questions of whether the SIS is targeting political dissenters and whether it is using underhand methods, both matters which would be better tackled by a wide-ranging independent inquiry.

“Recent inquiries into intelligence agencies overseas have produced useful recommendations for improved accountability mechanisms.

“Certainly, the Intelligence and Security Committee is of little use as an oversight body. Its mandate is too narrow. It is not independent, being chaired by the Minister in Charge of the SIS, the Prime Minister, who also appoints two of the committee’s four other members. And the committee barely functions, having met for only three hours in two years [See the Prime Minister’s answer, dated August 31, to my parliamentary Written Question, No. 11189.]

“Nothing but an independent inquiry will satisfy public concerns about the service,” said Mr Locke.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Supreme Court: Worksafe Decision On Whittall Pike River Prosecution Unlawful

The question in issue on the appeal was whether WorkSafe New Zealand acted to give effect to an unlawful agreement of this nature when it offered no evidence on charges against Peter William Whittall for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992...

The Supreme Court... has found that the decision to offer no evidence was made under an unlawful agreement to stifle prosecution. It has granted a declaration to that effect. More>>

 

Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>

ALSO:

Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>

ALSO:

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election