Written By: - Date published: 10:11 am, August 7th, 2013 - 46 comments
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Last night the filibster of the Government Communications Security Bureau and Related Legislation Amendment Bill – Committee Stage – Part 1, delayed the passing of the Third reading until at least 20 August. Last night’s speeches put the hypocrisy of John Key and Peter Dunne under the spotlight.
Phil Goff delivered a powerful speech that began by quoting Dunne’s lack of trustworthiness, when 3 weeks ago on RNZ, Dunne said:
Under no circumstances should the GCSB be able to spy on New Zealanders.
According to Goff Dunne said the GCSB should not be able to spy on new Zealanders even with a warrant. When asked why he now has totally contradicted that position in supporting the Bill, he says, as paraphrased by Goff,
“Willing buyer, willing seller”.
And Dunne’s hypocrisy is further exposed by his response to protesters who have been protesting outside his home over the last few days.
Mr Dunne, who was not home at the time of the protest, said the “hardcore group” were at his house with a loudhailer on Sunday, past 11pm on Monday night, and also yesterday morning at 7am.
He was concerned his wife and neighbours were being intimidated by the group, whom he said were “irresponsible scum”.
“They are the lowest form of life imaginable. If they think they are going to persuade anyone to their point of view with these tactics, they’re frankly deluded.”
However, as one of the protesters aptly argues:
Protester Ariana Paretutanganui-Tamati said they were at Mr Dunne’s home “to give him a taste of what it feels like to have your privacy intruded on”.
In his speech, Goff goes on to outline how the Bill will pass because of support of 2 disgraced members of parliament: Dunne and Banks. Goff refers to the NZ Law society that argues against the extension of the security agencies’ power to spy on NZers, with a particularly strong criticism of the government’s failure to give any substantial reasons for this extension.
Goff argued for a full independent inquiry. He makes the further point that the Bill shouldn’t be passed under urgency, but, if it is, at least give it a sunset clause. If the the GCSB and related Bills broaden powers to spy on NZers at least justify it.
Cunliffe began his speech by saying that Labour will set up a full and independent review, then,
repeal the Bill in its current form and replace it with new provisions that get the balance right between privacy, constitutionality and the rule of law.
Cunliffe highlighted the way Key is attempting to divert attention from his dodgy GCSB Bill. Cunliffe said that Friday’s dump of emails related to the Dunne-Vance surveillance, occurred shortly after government was notified (around midday) of the Fonterra contamination issue.
Cunliffe repeats the line:
“The response to illegal speeding is not to raise the speed limit”
He argues that New Zealand needs to have capabilities to defend self against foreign cyber attacks. However, such capabilities should not be employed against New Zealanders except in the most unusual and exceptional circumstances. This should be done with a judge’s warrant, based on an independent and “substantially evident threshold of proof”. The warrant process needs to be exceptional and thorough and should never become routine.
… the warrant process must protect our citizens from arbitrary mass surveillance whether performed directly by the NZ GCSB or indirectly by the access of information sourced from other partner countries.
Winston Peters speech further highlights the hypocrisy of John Key and his two hangers on, John Banks and Peter Dunne.
Peters began by pointing out how John Key spoke about extremely worrying threats of terrorism, but was not prepared to turn up to speak on this Bill that is in his name.
Peters stated that the Bill has not included the safeguards NZ First wanted for them to support the Bill. He then moved to talking about a bigger picture in which Key has said things that are “untrue”.
There was no controversy over NZ security under previous governments, both National and Labour led. It wasn’t until John Key came along that it became a big issue. Peters referred back to the whole Dotcom saga. Key has not said explicitly that he was in no way involved in the KDC affair, and this is on top of the related John Banks’ memory lapses.
Peters then repeated a long quote from a 2007 speech, without revealing who said it, until the end. but it wasn’t hard to guess who made such a speech, in defense of democracy:
Ladies and Gentlemen, I believe you get the democracy you are prepared to stand up for. Here in New Zealand we often take our democratic freedoms for granted. We think they will always be there. We have a Bill of Rights which is supposed to protect our right to freedom of expression. What on Earth could go wrong?
I have a different view. I believe what Thomas Jefferson said, that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.
I won’t include the full quote as it can be found here, and just shows how John Key has few consistent principles. Peters explained it as the Nats selling off their ideals as well as their assets.
Peters also highlights a further bit of Dunne hypocrisy with this Dunne quote from 11 June:
I think we start down a very slippery slope. And I for one, having had a long interest in protecting personal privacy am not prepared to take that step.
John Key is a lost cause. But what will it take to Peter Dunne shed his hypocrisy and develop a few principles in support of democracy, freedom of expression and rights to privacy?
Kill the Bill!