NZCCL Meeting Dates for 2014

The Committee of the NZ Council for Civil Liberties make its monthly meetings open to anyone who wishes to attend.

This is a list of the meeting dates for 2014.

Report: NZ Bill of Rights - Continuing the conversation

This was an informative seminar hosted on the 3rd June 2014 by the Attorney-General, Hon Chris Finlayson QC; a very welcome continuation to the Conversation on New Zealand's constitutional arrangements. The three speakers had very different bill of rights experience.

 

Praise for Privacy Act revamp - but fears too

The Government has announced that it will repealing the current Privacy Act, passed in 1993, and replacing it a new one, partly based on the the Law Commission's 2011 report.

Note that this will be a repeal and re-enactment rather than merely an amendment, so we can expect the changes to be significant.

The government's press release calls out the following changes:

Claudia Geiringer Inaugural Lecture - Human Rights

This lecture was particularly informative as well as being very entertaining. The link provides an insightful look at the origins of the NZ Bill of Rights Act as well as the nuances and challenges associated with it. Importantly, it also looks towards the future and how progress may continue to be made [albeit rather slowly at times].

Video of Claudia Geiringer's inaugural lecture.

Guest article: The FATCA threat to NZers civil liberties

Buried deep within the massive omnibus tax bill now before the Select Committee in Parliament is a provision that if enacted as it is, will strip an entire class of New Zealanders defined by national origin, association or mere accident of birth, of their privacy and civil liberties under the Privacy Act and the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act.  Further, the Government is taking this action at the behest of the foreign state.

This guest article has been published anonymously at the request of the author.

 

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