Spy law change needs support of ALL political parties

The Government should seek the support of all political parties if it is to change any laws following the first regular review of New Zealand’s security and intelligence agencies, said the Green Party today.

The Government should seek the support of all political parties if it is to change any laws following the first regular review of New Zealand’s security and intelligence agencies, said the Green Party today.

The Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC), which is comprised of only National and Labour, will meet later this week to discuss the findings of the intelligence and security review. The Prime Minister has indicated there will probably be law changes stemming from the review and he will seek the support of Labour.

“Law changes that could impact on New Zealander’s privacy should have as wide political support as possible,” Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said.

“John Key should seek the approval of all political parties if there is to be any law changes as a result of the intelligence and security review.

“The Green Party have been the only party to consistently question the spy agencies over their use of the powers they have.

“Currently, the ISC is a closed shop, with neither of the major parties being particularly strong on civil liberties or human rights, which is why it is crucial for all political parties to agree to any changes in spy laws.

“We echo the call of the Inspector General of Security and Intelligence that if the spies want more powers, they need to openly tell the public why their current ones aren’t enough.

“All political parties should have access to the unredacted version of the intelligence and security review report so that we can make a fully informed decision about whether a law change is actually needed,” said Mrs Turei.

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