Nelson Leader : August 1st 2013
28 THE NELSON LEADER, AUGUST 1, 2013 NEWS WINTER SPECIAL 25% Reading Glasses Offer expires 31 July 2013 OFF 5446534AA Nourish365 5475466AE Tailored Nutrition Advice from NZ Registered Dietitian, Julia Garde Available for MiGym members and non-members Call the MiGym reception to book today on 03 539 0116 GCSB Bill concerns get vocal hearing Defiant: Anti GCSB protesters march up Trafalgar St for a rally at the 1903 site. Photo: MARTIN DE RUYTER Nelsonians took to the streets to send a strong message that they see new legislation to expand the power of the Government Com- munications Security Bureau (GCSB) as a serious attack on civil liberties. Hundreds of people marched down Nelson's Trafalgar St on Saturday chanting GCSB, don't spy on me'' and holding placards reading Spy Law: The Nats Have The Key, NZ Is Nearly Dunne'' and Peeping John''. Other marches were held in centres around New Zealand. Spokesperson Colin Robertson said the Government seemed hellbent on pushing these univer- sally opposed bills through.'' He said the march showed oppo- sition MPs they had a clear man- date from the will of the people'' to try and stop the bill. Colin said the law change was about making illegal actions legal, and illegitimate behaviour legit- imate. As well as infringing on the rights of Kiwis, it was also bad for the economy, as overseas busi- nesses would be unlikely to want to store their data in the country if they could not be confident of its security. It must be stopped and we will stop it,'' he said. At the 1903 site, the protesters heard from a range of speakers. Nelson-based Labour list MP Maryan Street said that if elected, Labour would repeal the law and replace it with something that provided a proper balance and care for the rights and privacy of New Zealanders. The way the bill was being forced through under urgency was not normal, she said. Nelson writer and activist Mary Ellen O'Connor also spoke, giving a potted history of the spy organ- isation, from the Waihopai Spy Base set up in 1989 to its recent history involving illegally spying on internet mogul Kim Dotcom. The organisation was still con- tributing to United States intelli- gence efforts, she said. The only thing that keeps those things going is our silence.''
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