Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

GCSB Debate Interrupted Now Unlikely To Pass This Session

Debate on the committee stage of the the Government Communications Security Bureau and Related Legislation Amendment Bill was interrupted when the House rose just before 10pm, making it unlikely the bill will pass in the current session.

The House rose with MPs still debating Part One of the bill and as tomorrow is a Members Day the debate will not be resumed until Friday.

Even if the committee stage was completed then, which appears unlikely, the third reading debate could not take place until after the coming week long adjournment.

The Government has indicated it is not willing to use Urgency to pass the bill.

Debate was heated during the evening and Attorney General Chris Finlayson said part one of the bill provided a clear framework for the oversight of the intelligence and security sector.

Much of the changes related to out dated terminology and spelt out the GCSB’s roles and functions, and in particular how it worked with other agencies.

There were “greater limits” around what the GCSB could do for particular agencies.

There was also the creation of a set of principles which the GCSB would work under modelled on the principles the SIS worked under.

Warrantless powers could not be used against New Zealanders and privileged communications could not be targeted.

Labour Leader David Shearer said the Prime Minister John Key had shown no respect for private communications and this bill emphasised that as it was meant to be a balance between privacy and security.

The bill had been rushed through, not thought out and the process had been flawed.


Peter Dunne said most people agreed their needed to be an effective governance regime for the intelligence security agencies.

The bill has nothing to do with the “unfortunate experiences” which followed the Henry inquiry.

The bill as reported back was not good enough, but the amendments he would move would strengthen it and Labour should join National in supporting them.

Much of the debate around the bill centred on whether it gave the GCSB more powers or codified what was intended under the original Act.

Much of the personal attacks centred on Dunne with Opposition MPs targeting him due to the key nature of his vote.

Finlayson did also attack the Law Society submission saying it was prepared by someone who was willing to make all sorts of extravagant claims with a lack of impartiality, he said lawyers had expressed concern to him about the standard of the submission.

The House will resume tomorrow at 9am under Extended Hours provisions.


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

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Keith Rankin: Narrow Vision: Subsidised Cars And Street Immunity
Problems make the world go round. Many of us – maybe the majority of workers, and certainly the majority of well-paid workers – earn our living addressing problems. A problem-free world would represent a major crisis for modern social-capitalism. (Yet standard economic theory continues to present the productive economy as a mechanism for 'satisfying wants', as distinct from 'addressing problems... More>>


Biden In Tokyo: Killing Strategic Ambiguity
Could it have been just another case of bumbling poor judgment, the mind softened as the mouth opened? A question was put to US President Joe Biden, visiting Tokyo and standing beside Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida: “You didn’t want to get involved in the Ukraine conflict militarily for obvious reasons. Are you willing to get involved militarily to defend Taiwan if it comes to that?” The answer: “Yes. That’s a commitment we made.”.. More>>

Dunne Speaks: Robertson's Budget Gamble On Treasury
The popular test of the success or failure of Grant Robertson’s fifth Budget will be its impact on the soaring cost of living. In today’s climate little else matters. Because governments come and governments go – about every six to seven years on average since 1945 – getting too focused on their long-term fiscal aspirations is often pointless... More>>


Digitl: Infrastructure Commission wants digital strategy
Earlier this month Te Waihanga, New Zealand’s infrastructure commission, tabled its first Infrastructure Strategy: Rautaki Hanganga o Aotearoa. Te Waihanga describes its document as a road map for a thriving New Zealand... More>>


Binoy Kampmark: Leaking For Roe V Wade
The US Supreme Court Chief Justice was furious. For the first time in history, the raw judicial process of one of the most powerful, and opaque arms of government, had been exposed via media – at least in preliminary form. It resembled, in no negligible way, the publication by WikiLeaks of various drafts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership... More>>




The Conversation: Cheaper food comes with other costs – why cutting GST isn't the answer

As New Zealand considers the removal of the goods and services tax (GST) from food to reduce costs for low income households, advocates need to consider the impact cheap food has on the environment and whether there are better options to help struggling families... More>>