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

 


Greens seek Commission of Inquiry after new GCSB revelations

9 April 2013

Greens seek Commission of Inquiry after new GCSB illegal spying revelations

Revelations that 85 people may have been illegally spied on by Government security and intelligence agencies and the leaking of that information show why daylight and transparency is needed, the Green Party said today.

The Green Party today called for a Commission of Inquiry to be held into the security agencies after revelations of widespread illegal spying by the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB).

“A Commission of Inquiry into New Zealand’s intelligence services is needed to address lapses in oversight and the public’s concerns about how they’ve been operating,” Green Party Co-leader Russel Norman said.

“We have repeatedly called for an independent inquiry and today’s revelations that 85 New Zealanders may have been illegally spied on make that essential.

“Commissions of Inquiry have powers that allow them to uncover information otherwise difficult to get. A Commission of Inquiry would provide answers that people could trust.

“A Commission of Inquiry is needed to clear this up once and for all and give New Zealanders confidence they are not being illegal spied on.

“New Zealanders who were illegally spied on must be contacted and given the information that was obtained about them and allowed to pursue legal redress.

“We need to know if New Zealanders are being targeted for exercising their democratic rights to protest. In the past Green MPs have been spied on.

“The integrity of the GCSB is in doubt and the oversight provided by the Prime Minister inadequate and further compromised by his conflict over the appointment of Ian Fletcher.

The Green Party has also written to the police requesting that they extend their current inquiry into illegal spying by the GCSB to include all New Zealanders illegally spied on in the past decade.

“We are concerned that the Prime Minister will block any in-depth inquiry and that is why we have also contacted the police so at least the legal issues can be investigated.

“Our spies must be held to the same standards as other New Zealanders. They are subject to the laws of this land and must be held accountable by the police and the courts if they violate those laws.

Dr Norman has previously asked parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) to investigate the appointment of Ian Fletcher to head the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB).

The Green Party has consistently called for better oversight of GCSB with policy that a regular parliamentary select committee replace the government-dominated Intelligence and Security Committee, and the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security become an Officer of Parliament.

For more information:
Information about Commissions of Inquiry:
http://www.dia.govt.nz/Pubforms.nsf/URL/CommissionsofInquiry.pdf/$file/CommissionsofInquiry.pdf


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Regulators: Govt To ‘Crowd-Source’ Regulatory Advice

A wide-ranging set of reforms is to be implemented to shake up the way New Zealand government agencies develop, write and implement regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Board Appointments: Some Minister Appoint Less The 3 In 10 Women

“It’s 2015 not 1915: Ministers who appoint less than 3 in 10 women to their boards must do better, they have no excuse but to do better,” said Dr Blue. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The 1990s Retro Proposals For Our Health System

As we learned yesterday, the reviews propose that the democratically elected representation on DHBs should be reduced, such that community wishes will be able to be over-ridden by political appointees. In today’s revelations, the reviews also propose a return to the destructive competitive health model of the 1990s. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Cab Press Conference: Foreign Buyers Register, TPP And Serco

At a press conference today in Wellington, John Key discussed the foreign buyers register as well as the TPP and Serco. Key was questioned on whether a stamp tax might be used as a tool to deal with foreign buyers. More>>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood Satire: Serco To Outsource Prison To Public Sector

In response to high-profile failings, multinational omnicorporation Serco will introduce public management in its prison system. Serco's New Zealand manager, speaking on condition of anonymity, has announced plans for managers from the Department of Corrections to run the Mt Eden Correctional Facility. More>>

National Party Conference: Plans To Nudge Immigrants Towards Regions

The Government will introduce a package of immigration measures aimed at improving the spread of workers, skills and investment across New Zealand, Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse says. More>>

ALSO:

Corrections: Serco Relieved Of Control At Mt Eden Prison, Retains Contract

Multi-national private prison operator Serco has been forced to hand back control of Auckland's Mt Eden remand prison to the Department of Corrections, which has used a 'step-in' clause in its contract with Serco following a string of increasingly serious allegations about contraband, prisoner injuries and a death. More>>

ALSO:

Other Experiments: Failing Charter School Stays Open 'For Kids'

Education Minister Hekia Parata says she has given Te Pumanawa o te Wairua in Northland a chance to continue operating because of her concerns about finding other educational opportunities for its students. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news