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David Cunliffe announces Labour Govt will repeal GCSB Bill!! **Updated**


live video stop the GCSB Bil Public Meeting Live 25 July 2013


In Auckland this evening – at the Stop the GCSB Bill Public Meeting – Labour MP David Cunliffe answered a question from an audience member and committed an incoming Labour government to overturning the Government Communications Security Bureau and Related Legislation Amendment Bill.


GCSB public meeting - david cunliffe


Referring to his Leader, David Shearer, and his colleagues, David Cunliffe  said, at  1: 15: 52,

“The Labour Party has a proud tradition of taking on evil and inequitous legislation whether it’s apartheid or nuclear weapons or other things of that nature. Our leader has committed to a thourough review of this legislation and based upon what’ve have heard tonight, I personally, and I’m sure my caucus colleagues, will be of the view that this legislation must not, will not, and cannot stand!”

See full video here,


This was met with rapturous applause from the audience.

If this pledge is honoured by a Labour-led government then, to use an over-done cliche – this is a game-changer. It means that the constant growth and expansion of State powers will – for possibly the first time in our history – be reversed.

If Labour campaigns on this, it will prove a damaging hit to National.

In effect, the Left will be the movement to wind back the powers of  government, and thus reducing the State from our lives.

Ayn Rand will be spinning in her grave!

Panel speakers were  Kim Dotcom, Dame Anne Salmond, Dr Rodney Harrison, and Thomas Beagle. The event was chaired by retired Supreme Court, Judge Sir Edmund Thomas.



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  1. mcclairy
    25 July 2013 at 9:07 pm

    I watched the programme on live feed with a few technical details amiss as a first timer – no sound for Dame Ann, until I shut down another window which was open !! Duh !! Dumb as !
    So sorry I missed her speech, she is always good news. Someone on the live feed criticised Cunliffe as if he was doing a one upmanship on Shearer but pointed out Cunliffe was up the front and that was where the Mike was – so good on you for putting it in print that he referred to Shearer and no it wasn’t a coup 🙂 🙂 Hoping there is a repeat to hear Dame Ann !

  2. 25 July 2013 at 9:18 pm

    You’re 100% spot on, mcclairy. That is precisely what happened; it wasn’t so much as “oneupmanship” (as you nicely point out) but that Shearer was at the back of the Hall, with about a thousand people between him and the microphone, whilst Cullen was at the front.

    And as you pointed out, Cunliffe referred to his Leader.

    Now what’s the bloody bet that Gower or Garner will spin this as a secret Cunliffe coup in front of a huge public audience, beamed out live on the internetty…?!

    By the way, I had a similar problem with another ‘window’ open. I had to close that, and the video stream came on (as well as sound).

    • weka
      25 July 2013 at 11:20 pm

      Ah, but why was Cunliffe at the front with a seat and Shearer standing at the back?

      • 26 July 2013 at 9:58 am

        *shrugs*… first come, first served?

        Otherwise, we may have to add that to the Mysteries of the Universe (Bigfoot, flying saucers, Area 51, Loch Ness critter, why people oppose asset sales and still vote National…)


  3. 26 July 2013 at 12:32 am

    I was loving the bit where dot com said a day after key had a meeting in hollywood, the sis reverse a decision & decide to grant him citizenship. must have been part of the deal to alow the hobbit to be filmed here, bust dot com for hollywood.

  4. 26 July 2013 at 4:40 pm

    And all the other National Party crap as well, especially all the miserable so-called welfare reforms, including attacks on grandparents looking after grandchildren that Paula Benefit belatedly said should never have happened!!

  5. Philip robinson 6 lydiard retreat canning vale perth 6155
    27 July 2013 at 12:56 am

    1stly labour have 2 win! 2ndly its only an undertaking promised! 3rdly polictions are corrupt when in power because they have no power!

  6. 27 July 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Shearer was standing at the side either because he arrived late or because he had followed the request for the young and able in the audience to give up seats for older people.

    There was plenty of time for Shearer to stride to the front and make the stand for Labour. His dithering disappointed me at the time. In the vacuum Cunliffe rose and spoke eloquently for his caucus, his leader and his party.

    If Shearer looked flat-footed or upstaged he was 100% the author of that misfortune.

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