Supplementary Order Paper No 327

No 327

House of Representatives

Supplementary Order Paper

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Government Communications Security Bureau and Related Legislation Amendment Bill


Proposed amendments

Brendan Horan, in Committee, to move the following amendments:

Clause 6

In clause 6, new section 8CA(1), replace paragraph (d) (lines 21 and 22 on page 9) with:

  • (d) in a manner that facilitates effective democratic oversight:

  • (e) subject to effective, thorough, and genuine oversight.

In clause 6, new section 8CA, replace subsection (2) (lines 23 to 25 on page 9) with:

  • (2) Subsection (1) imposes duties on, and gives the powers to, the Bureau, the Director, or any employee of the Bureau, that are reasonably necessary for the Bureau to perform its functions under the Act.


Explanatory note

The Bill as reported to the House provides for a new section 8CA inserting a set of principles. While the intention to allow spying on New Zealanders is odious, new section 8CA is a minor positive step. The amendments in this Supplementary Order Paper will strengthen new section 8CA in 2 ways. First, to provide that not only will the Bureau act in a manner that will facilitate oversight, but also to explicitly state that the Bureau will be subject to effective, thorough, and genuine oversight. Second, the current drafting of the Bill in new section 8CA(2) provides that the principles in new section 8CA(1) are of no effect. New section 8CA(2) is amended to give real effect to the principles in new section 8CA(1).