Keith Locke’s submission to the NZ Parliament on the Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill

[As presented in person to the Justice Select Committee, 30 April 2018] Summary I am strongly opposed to this Bill, and I urge the Select Committee to reject it. The Bill violates the right of Members of Parliament to free speech and the freedom of political association. These are fundamental human rights guaranteed in theContinue reading Keith Locke’s submission to the NZ Parliament on the Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill

What an Independent New Zealand Foreign Policy would look like

[A talk given by Keith Locke in Blenheim to activists in the Anti-Bases Campaign on 27 January 2018] Most New Zealanders want us to have an independent foreign policy. They think we are already independent to some degree. If pressed they would cite our nuclear-free status, or the fact that we don’t always go along withContinue reading What an Independent New Zealand Foreign Policy would look like

Answers to some common myths about New Zealand’s intelligence services, the Five Eyes and the Waihopai spy station

Presented as introductory comments at a workshop hosted by the Anti-Bases Campaign in Blenheim, 28 Jan 2017, and updated to reflect changes made to intelligence legislation in the Intelligence and Security Act 2017. By Keith Locke Were the SIS and GSB set up to detect terrorists? The Security Intelligence Service (SIS), and the Police SpecialContinue reading Answers to some common myths about New Zealand’s intelligence services, the Five Eyes and the Waihopai spy station

The Terrifying Consequences of High-Tech War

(A talk by Keith Locke to a seminar on “Just War?”, hosted by the NZ Christian Network, NZ Peace and Conflict Studies Centre Trust, Pax Christi and the Anglican Pacifist Fellowship,in  Auckland, 19 November 2016.) The message of this talk is that war, as it becomes a more technological enterprise, is becoming even more barbaricContinue reading The Terrifying Consequences of High-Tech War

Submission on the NZ Intelligence and Security Bill

[Submission by Keith Locke to Parliament’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee, 3 October 2016] Main Point The NZ Intelligence and Security Bill unnecessarily allows for greater surveillance of New Zealanders by our intelligence services and intrudes further on our privacy. The definition of national security is so broad that it could enable evenContinue reading Submission on the NZ Intelligence and Security Bill

Submission to the Intelligence and Security Agencies Review 2015

Submitted by Keith Locke on 13 August 2015 to the official review being conducted by Sir Michael Cullen and Dame Patsy Reddy In this submission I will address the following Term of Reference in the Review. Point 1. The legislative frameworks of the intelligence and security agencies Point 2. The oversight of the SIS andContinue reading Submission to the Intelligence and Security Agencies Review 2015

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

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