A huge thank you to the 1,400+ members of ActionStation who have either signed a petition or written an email to an MP about the 'urgent' changes to our national security laws that are being pushed through before Christmas. We know the window to have your say was small, and we're so impressed that so many of you were able to take action. We want you to know, this is not yet the end. John Key has said this bill was just the beginning and a full review of security settings would consider broader changes in the new year.
Spy Bill Update as of 02/12/14
Prime Minister John Key welcomed the report back of the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill
A number of changes have been agreed, particularly in areas where submissions had raised concerns.
The agreed changes to the Bill reflect feedback from ACT and United Future, as well as negotiations with the Labour Party. The Greens still oppose.
The proposals contained in the current Bill will be subject to a sunset clause.
The changes include:
The 48 hour emergency surveillance proposal will be reduced to 24 hours, and be restricted to activity that relates to the foreign fighters issue only
The new visual surveillance power will be restricted to activity that relates to the foreign fighters issue only
The sunset clause has been pulled back by a year to April 1, 2017
- Additional oversight safeguards and more regular reporting will be required with regard to some of the new powers, particularly the 24 hour emergency surveillance power.
To Prime Minister John Key,
We the undersigned urge Prime Minister John Key to refer any legislative change to the Terrorism Suppression Act to the select committee process.
Right now, our government is in the middle of a four-week review of our security arrangements which is likely to end up in law changes that will restrict travel, create new criminal offences and beef-up surveillance powers. Prime Minister John Key says he wants to pass the security law reforms under urgency before Christmas, but is hoping for broad support.
ActionStation members have told us security is an important issue, and legislative changes on our national terror laws should not be rushed. That's why we're petitioning the Prime Minister to follow open process and send this huge decision to the Select Committee, where the public can be involved.
Together, we have power to influence the outcome, but we have to move even faster than them.
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