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The GCSB Act – some history…




New Zealand, 2003


From an excerpt from Hansards in Parliament, on 27 March 2003, when the original GCSB Bill was being debated;

“This is a good bill. I do not accept the criticism of those who speak against it, that somehow it means that information about people will be gathered improperly…”

Source: Hansards – Government Communications Security Bureau Bill — Third Reading

Who said that?

Why, no other than this gentleman;


Peter Dunne

Peter Dunne


Ten years later after Dunne made that statement, it was revealed  that his faith in the GCSB was badly misplaced,


Illegal spying - 85 Kiwis watched - Fairfax Media - Andrea Vance - Kitteridge Report - 85 people spied on

Source: Fairfax Media – Illegal Spying: 85 Kiwis Watched


So in March 2003, Mr Dunne was adamant:  he did not accept criticism “that information about people will be gathered improperly”.

I think those 85 (actually 88) people – including Kim Dotcom – might have differing views on that point.

I wonder if Mr Dunne is also adamant about the current Government Communications Security Bureau and Related Legislation Amendment Bill and it’s “sister-legislation, the  Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Amendment Bill?

Will “information about people will be gathered improperly”?

What say you, Mr Dunne?



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  1. 4 August 2013 at 4:56 pm

    EXCELLENT Frank! Very useful piece of history.

  2. 4 August 2013 at 7:07 pm

    I hope it’s useful to someone, Penny!

  3. 6 August 2013 at 6:35 pm

    It was 92 people illegally spied on by GCSB (or other agencies) and Peter Dunne himself was one of them, Andrea Vance was the other, the Cuppagate journalist and the Cuppagate journailist’s lawyer were the others….
    Grow some cochones Dunne and veto this abhorrent GCSB Bill

  4. Jax & Phoebe
    7 August 2013 at 9:03 pm

    We both voted for Dunne the last couple of times as we live in his electorate. Never again. We’ll probably look at Labour or greens.

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