By now you've probably heard of the National Government's plans to make protest at sea illegal through an amendment to the Crown Minerals (Permitting and Crown Land) Bill. From NZ Stuff:
An amendment to the Crown Minerals Bill which will allow the Defence Force to arrest and detain anti-mining protesters outside of New Zealand's 12-mile territorial limit, was introduced by Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges.
In an article in the Herald on Tuesday December 18, Keith Locke raises some awkward questions about the Government Communications Security Bureau and its association with the Five Eyes electronic spying network.
He discusses some of the dangers of our involvement with the Five Eyes network, the cost of the service, the lack of accountability of the GCSB, and thepotential threat it poses to our international relations.
The report of the Leveson inquiry into the ethics, culture and practice of the UK press has now been released. With our own Law Commission also looking further at media regulation, a number of local commentators have asked what relevancy the Leveson findings can hold for New Zealand.