3 Dec 2014

Anti-terror bill lacks full support

9:11 am on 3 December 2014

The Government is unlikely to have the support of all political parties for its anti-terror legislation.

National and Labour have struck a deal over the bill but New Zealand First and the Greens said it still gave the Security Intelligence Service too much power.

100914. Photo Diego Opatowski / RNZ. Winston Peters talking about police numbers at Hutt Gables Retirement Village.

Winston Peters said New Zealand First still had reservations about the bill Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

The Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade committee tabled its report in Parliament yesterday on the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill and made several recommendations to water down the bill.

The committee recommended the curtailing of increased powers for surveillance without a warrant be curtailed and that further safeguards be put in place.

Under the changes, a 24-hour period for surveillance without a warrant would be permitted, in what has been described as an emergency situation, rather than the original 48 hours.

Many of the changes were brought about through consultation with Labour.

The Green Party has continued to rule out supporting the legislation and New Zealand First said it still had concerns around the use of video surveillance.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters said there were a number of matters the party was not happy about, including provisions on the use of video surveillance.

"If it's not changed we will not support it," said Mr Peters.

The bill is expected to be passed under urgency next Tuesday.

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