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: Take on extremists with words not war

Countering the rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq requires solutions that are mainly political, not military. [On 21 October 2014 the NZ Herald carried my  opinion piece advocating that New Zealand provide humanitarian aid to Iraq and Syria, and not contribute to the US-led military campaign.] http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11345416 New Zealanders are right to be concernedContinue reading Keith Locke: Take on extremists with words not war

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

More than reassuring words needed to get to the truth on spying

My opinion piece (below) was published in the 5 December 2013 issue of the New Zealand Herald. Read this article on the NZ Herald website In his Dialogue page piece this week, Paul Buchanan calls on our Government “to prepare contingency plans for the diplomatic fallout that inevitably lies ahead” when information from Edward Snowden’sContinue reading More than reassuring words needed to get to the truth on spying