Wednesday, May 15, 2013


The Intelligence and Security Committee has called for submissions on the Government Communications Security Bureau and Related Legislation Amendment Bill. Normally, there would be a handy online form on Parliament's website I could point you to. But because ISC is a statutory rather than Parliamentary committee, and because they're pathologically secretive and not really interested in engaging with the public, information on how to submit is buried deep in a block of text on the bill's information page:

Submissions can be emailed to If you wish to appear before the committee, state this clearly and provide a name, daytime phone number, and email address. Submissions will generally be made public. The committee is required to report to the House on this bill by 26 July 2013.

No, they don't provide a postal address - so if you want to send hardcopy, you're shit out of luck.

The bill allows a massive expansion of GCSB powers and permits widespread spying on New Zealanders. As its mockery of a Regulatory Impact Statement shows, these powers are poorly justified. Please submit in opposition to this bill.