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New Zealand First Could Not Support “Bully Boy” Tactics

8 May 2013

New Zealand First Could Not Support “Bully Boy” Tactics

New Zealand First has accused the Government of “bully boy” tactics in trying to stampede the Government Communications Security and Related Legislation Amendment Bill through Parliament.

This follows the party’s decision to vote against the bill in Parliament this afternoon after the Government introduced it under urgency.

Rt Hon Winston Peters says New Zealand First offered to support the legislation if it contained certain safeguards to protect New Zealand citizens and residents but the party’s concerns have been ignored.

“We received a copy of the legislation and a letter from the Prime Minister yesterday morning.

“We studied the legislation, listed our concerns and made a constructive response to the Prime Minister today.

“Our response was ignored – except for a brief phone call – and the legislation was introduced under urgency. It is flawed, draconian and unacceptable in a free, open and democratic society.

“We believe the legislation has been drafted in haste and it should go back to the drafting office before proceeding any further,” says Mr Peters.


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