Keith Locke: Party-hopping bill is a restraint on MPs’ freedom of speech

[An opinion piece published in the New Zealand Herald, 10 January 2018.] The bill before Parliament to stop party-hopping has been misnamed. The Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill should be called the Party Conformity Bill because it threatens MPs with ejection from Parliament if they don’t conform to party dictates. Personal political integrity will be constrained,Continue reading Keith Locke: Party-hopping bill is a restraint on MPs’ freedom of speech

Keith Locke: The downside to a child sex offender register

Opinion piece published by the New Zealand Herald, 26 August 2015. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11503250 It’s difficult to have an adequate discussion of sex offender legislation because anyone taking a critical stance risks being labeled as soft on sex crimes. The Child Protection (Child Sex Offender Register) Bill is a case in point. There has been little publicContinue reading Keith Locke: The downside to a child sex offender register

No public accountability for the GCSB

[This was published on Evening Report on 9 March 2015.  http://eveningreport.nz/2015/03/09/keith-locke-no-public-accountability-for-the-gcsb/] By Keith Locke “YOU SHOULDN’T WORRY IF YOU’VE GOT NOTHING TO HIDE” is one of the mantras trotted out when New Zealanders complain about the GCSB having access to their private communications. Let’s turn that mantra around as ask those running the GCSB whyContinue reading No public accountability for the GCSB

Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill challenges citizen rights to a passport and privacy

On 27 November I gave this “oral submission” to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee opposing the Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill, which was being rushed through Parliament with unseemly haste. It’s a pleasure to be able to talk to members of Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee again, and remember my 12 yearsContinue reading Countering Terrorist Fighters Bill challenges citizen rights to a passport and privacy

Keith Locke: Key jumping the gun over passports

[Back in February I wrote for the New Zealand Herald this opinion piece (below) on the illegality of the NZ government taking away the passports of New Zealanders for intending to fight overseas. I argued that the “national security” grounds in the Passports Act for cancelling NZ passports don’t apply because the Terrorism Suppression Act,Continue reading Keith Locke: Key jumping the gun over passports

My submission to the Intelligence and Security Committee on the GCSB Bill

On 3 July I travelled to Parliament to speak to the Intelligence and Security Committee to explain my written submission on the GCSB Bill (see below for the text). Quite a lot of people and journalists were present, although I must admit that Kim Dotcom (who spoke to the committee an hour after me) was theContinue reading My submission to the Intelligence and Security Committee on the GCSB Bill

Dotcom case shows the cost of spying is spooky

Oped published in the New Zealand Herald on 18 December 2012 By Keith Locke The Dotcom case is focusing more attention on the Government Communications Security Bureau and its association with the Five Eyes electronic spying network. Chief High Court Judge Helen Winkelmann has asked the GCSB to name the entities (including foreign intelligence agencies)Continue reading Dotcom case shows the cost of spying is spooky

Trying to Make New Zealand Intelligence Services More Accountable: My Efforts in Parliament

By Keith Locke (The following article was published in the May 2012 issue of Peace Researcher, the journal of the Anti-Bases Campaign. To see the other interesting articles in Peace Researcher go to http://www.converge.org.nz/abc.) [Peace Researcher editor’s introductory comment: Keith Locke was a Green MP from 1999 to 2011. He has been credited with beingContinue reading Trying to Make New Zealand Intelligence Services More Accountable: My Efforts in Parliament