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From the Horses mouth…


Sometimes I wonder if politicians realise what spews from their mouths, as in the case of Justice Minister, Judith Collins, at the Privileges Committee today,




“It was quite a chilling experience to realise that ministers’ and staff’s emails, and their right to privacy, were treated with what I would say was a contemptuous attitude”


As  most  New Zealanders will be chilled to realise that our emails and right to privacy will be treated with a contemptuous attitude, once the  Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Amendment Bill and
GCSB and Related Legislation Amendment Bill are both passed through Parliament.

But evidently –  as Ms Collins will be voting for the GCSB and TICS bills   – the privacy of New Zealand citizens is nowhere as important as that of government Ministers.

Now that, I find chilling.









MSN News:  Quotes from the privileges committee

Image: Otago Daily Times



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  1. Kalem Hodges
    21 August 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Don’t you worry about Judith she knows David Bains as guilty as sin and she is determined that no blood money will be going his way.

    [Kalem – off topic and verging on obsessive. Please keep your comments relevant to the issue. First and last warning.]

  2. 21 August 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Totally Frank – my missus told me to close my mouth as I heard her on TV3 News – she told me I’d catch flies it had dropped that far……

  3. 21 August 2013 at 9:55 pm

    It has been a chilling week. I feel cold and remote. What is the country I’m living in?

  4. murray
    22 August 2013 at 12:08 pm

    This has to be about building the ‘Collins’ brand ahead of a leadership change. When have they ever stood up to Key or acknowledged public concern? They are having ‘a bob each way’ and think most punters won’t notice the hypocrisy. And, let’s be honest, a lot won’t.
    This may be wishful thinking, but I think Key’s job is almost done. Just the TPP to go. The Teflon is wearing thin and he seems increasingly bored and indignant that his integrity is being constantly questioned.
    Very disappointed that Shearer fell for the snapper diversion. Did I hear that his advisor is ex TVNZ? Probably thought it presented a good visual and would get him noticed. Well it did, but in a bad way. At a time when the country is screaming for someone to take their concerns seriously and offer an alternative, the last thing we need is another clown. We have one already.

  5. Deborah Kean
    22 August 2013 at 4:40 pm

    And so she did… 😦

    • 22 August 2013 at 8:09 pm

      I think your on the nose there, murray. Key has stated he’d step down if National lost the election.

      Key says he’ll quit politics if National loses election

      This is pure positioning by Collins. Her barely concealed attack on Henry was an attempt to “show who’s boss around here”.

    • 22 August 2013 at 8:10 pm

      Indeed, Debs…

      It seems she wasn’t able to grasp the supreme irony in her comments at the Privileges Committee…

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