Jun 262013

Updated at 9:44 pm on 25 June 2013

Independent MP Peter Dunne could hold the crucial vote that decides whether a bill extending the powers of New Zealand’s electronic spy agency becomes law.

But Mr Dunne, who was stripped of his parliamentary party funding on Tuesday after the Electoral Commission de-registered United Future last week, opposes the legislation in its current form.

Mr Dunne says the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) should not be able to spy on New Zealanders, even on behalf of police or the Security Intelligence Service.

Prime Minister John Key has admitted he depends on New Zealand First or Peter Dunne for support and said on Tuesday that Mr Dunne understands the importance of the spy agency’s work.

Mr Key is confident that Mr Dunne will vote for the Government Communications Security Bureau Amendment Bill. However, Peter Dunne has refused to respond to his comments on Tuesday.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters said Mr Key needs to forge a consensus to pass the legislation, but there has been no sign that he is genuinely willing to engage.

In a submission on the bill on Monday, the New Zealand Law Society told MPs there is no clear justification for the Government spying on its citizens or residents.

Labour Party David Shearer said he shares concerns expressed in the submission and on Tuesday accused John Key of botching the handling of the legislation, saying it’s his fault that support for the bill is hanging in the balance.

“He personally has bungled this right from day one – whether it be (Kim) Dotcom or the illegal spying, the appointment of (GCSB director) Ian Fletcher – all of this is around John Key’s neck and he wants to push through a piece of legislation and say it’s all okay – well, it’s not.”

Mr Shearer said Labour would only support legislation which emerges from a full review of the country’s intelligence services.

In Parliament on Tuesday, Mr Key accused Labour of being prepared to put New Zealand’s security at risk for political reasons and criticised David Shearer.

“I say to that member if he doesn’t want to keep New Zealanders safe, if he doesn’t want to ensure that we have better information about the security of New Zealanders, well, keep going the way you are son – but you won’t become Prime Minister doing that.”

Mr Key also rejected Labour’s call for a review of spy agencies.

  One Response to “Dunne may hold crucial vote on spy bill”

  1. sent today…

    Dear Mr Dunne

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for not supporting the proposed amendments to the GCSB bill and urge you to support legislation that would create a full public inquiry into the activities of the GCSB and any illegal spying of New Zealand citizens.

    Thanks to many truth-telling insiders, we now know that the NSA’s surveillance of the public actually started before 9/11. Now the U.S. government has turned to 9/11 again in order to justify its program of spying on all citizens of the rapidly diminishing “free” world and to support a new war on Syria.

    Whether you believe the official story of 9/11 or believe the documented evidence provided by many scientists, first responders, structural engineers and architects, the result is the same. 9/11 has been used to justify a never-ending “war on terror” and provide the excuse for this widespread illegal spying.

    The testimony provided by genuine whistleblowers such as ex FBI language translator Sibel Edmonds and NSA experts Thomas Drake, William Binney and Russ Tice shows that there has never been a more urgent time for a real 9/11 investigation.

    I would also like to take this opportunity to alert you to the documentary “9/11 Experts Speak Out” by Architects and Engineers for 9/11 truth which is currently being streamed on the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age websites.



    About this episode

    More than 1,700 architects and engineers believe it was not planes that brought down the Twin Towers but a controlled explosive demolition. With testimony from 43 experts, they soberly present forensic evidence from architects, structural engineers, metallurgists, physicists and explosive experts. Their findings are startling and suggest serious errors and omissions in the official investigations by the 9/11 Commission.

    I hope that you can see that the lack of a proper investigation into the events of 911 continues to fuel the current culture of spying on the public. The scientific evidence of 911 must be given urgent attention by our elected officials and there has never been a more urgent issue that all citizens in the rapidly diminishing free world need to shine a light on.

    Many thanks again for your courage and advocacy for privacy and the democratic rights of all New Zealand citizens.

    Yours sincerely