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Government says the right to freedom of expression doesn't matter at sea

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.

The role of the GCSB

GCSB in the spotlight

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 relevance of the Leveson media inquiry to New Zealand

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.

Alan Ringwood, legal adviser to the NZ Herald, handily summarises the findings:

How the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement would undermine New Zealand’s sovereignty

 

Auckland will play host to the 15th round of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) between 3 and 12 December when hundreds of negotiators from 11 countries will attend. 

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