Daily Archives: 04/10/2011

Legislation in Retrospect – Update

“Changes enable police surveillance bill to proceed” (RadioNZ)

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(A follow-up to “Legislation in Retrospect“)

I am pleased that the select committee has changed the Video Camera Surveillance (Temporary Measures) Bill so that it does not apply in retrospect. This is a move in the right direction.

BUT

This Government has now clearly stated that they are prepared to change the law to suit their own interests and not in the interests or basic rights of the people whom they represent.

Once a Government brushes against the allegation of corruption (or corruptive practices and intentions) it is stained permanently.

The fact that they even looked at pushing through retrospective legislation in the first place shows the true nature of the current Government. Who is to say that if they had a full governing majority they would not have just forced that legislation through in spite of public objections?

A warning for the future, perhaps?

Paul S Allen
Barb Wire

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