Opinion: Anti-terrorism Act.
“The Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill amends three existing laws to give the NZ SIS greater powers of surveillance and to give the Minister of Internal Affairs greater powers to suspend and cancel passports.The Bill was enacted today
The SIS will now be allowed to conduct surveillance on terrorist suspects without a warrant for 24 hours, to conduct video surveillance on private property, only in relation to suspected terrorism, and to have access to the Customs data in relation to suspected terrorism.
The Minister of Internal Affairs already has the power to cancel passports for 12 months but the minister will now be able to suspend a passport for up to 10 working days and to cancel passports for a period of up to three years.”
However, there are many people who are suspicious of the new anti-terrorist legislation passed today. Some say this was a practise-run for when the TPPA is being considered. Labour was successful in reducing the life of the new legislation to 2017, instead of 2018, and the warrantless surveillance period of 24 hours, instead of the 48 hours the National Government wanted.
This legislation could also be used to give greater powers of surveillance in other unnamed areas of future protest as well. The government probably has the power to amend this legislation in the future as well. Whether it has the will is something for future consideration.
NZ PM John Key
- Controversial spy bill passes first vote (stuff.co.nz)
- Short-term changes to terror laws will now last until 2018 (nzherald.co.nz)
- Terror law changes will now last until 2017 (nzherald.co.nz)
- SIS boss adamant more powers needed (radionz.co.nz)