And the US spends $1000 Billion+ on a plane, designed to kill. Imagine, if you can, a world without war, it's easy if you try.
New Zealand needs a free, open, and thriving Internet. The Internet should be an open platform built on free speech, innovation, and democracy. It’s time to develop positive, rights-affirming Internet law to protect human rights in both the online and offline world.
Wow. You should really leave such a terrible country right away.
And go where?
Everyone is spying on everyone, thanks to governments world wide being persuaded to join the US NSA effort. It wouldn't be sooooo bad if it was just for security reasons, but it is clearly more for corporate greed than security.
Nicky Hager seems like he is more against broad spying powers, so to me it would be a little strange for him to side witht he NSA to leak specific information in order to remove Don Brash - although it wouldn't entirely surprise me either way.
The Dunne issue is very interesting, why should anyone be prosecuted for leaking information about the innapropriate use of spying? If the government has nothing to hide, they have nothing to fear right?
As a kiwi, this does sadden me a bit. See my post above, I still think it is one of the most truely democratic and free countries in the world - this is what makes the passing of this bill even more shocking to me.
OP here. New Zealand has a Proportional Representation based governement. This makes it less of a two horse race as every vote counts. Quite minor parties will have representation in government. There are also quite small spending caps for campaigning leading up to elections. For the most part it works quite well, and I still believe it is one of the most truely democratic countries.
This is what makes all of this so much worse, it is the first time in living memory there has been such strong public opposition to a bill and it has been passed anyway. A recent poll suggests 89% of New Zealanders oppose the bill.
There is more than meets the eye here, the way the Prime Minister is forcing this through is very fishy to me, it seems like he is being pushed into it. Here is a quote from a recent press conference:
“Prime Minister, numerous legal jurors have informed us publicly that they disagree with you wholeheartedly, that you are taking broad powers, which would allow you to invade privacyand you are saying that all those people are wrong” a journalist said to Key. “Correct,” the Prime Minister said before immediately interrupting the rest of the question by asking, “Is this a question buddy?”
So, the Human Rights Commission, the Law Society and the general population don't want the bill to pass, and yet it does (just).
"Here comes Mr. Bill's dog." -- Narrator, Saturday Night Live