August 19, 2013
Unease growing at GCSB Bill
A full house is expected at Auckland Town Hall tonight for a public rally to hear speakers opposing giving more power to the Government Communications Security Agency.
Speakers include the leaders of Labour, New Zealand First, Mana and the Greens, New Zealander of the Year Dame Anne Salmond, internet magnate Kim Dotcom and investigative reporter Nicky Hager.
Unite Union leader Matt McCarten says people can remember past abuses of the country’s spy agencies by prime ministers like Sir Robert Muldoon, and they don’t trust future governments to play by the rules.
He says Prime Minister John Key’s attitude is making people suspicious.
"People are starting to see this is shonky. I actually believe that Key was careless about Kim Dotcom, that raid (on the Mega.com founder's house), they were careless about Tame Iti, I think not many New Zealanders actually believe that Tame Iti is or was ever a terrorist, and people just say this is an extension of the state, to spy and cock the case up, leak stuff out to the press and then convict someone, and people are starting to have some unease about it," Mr McCarten says.
The meeting at Auckland Town Hall starts at 7pm.
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