Video on Demand Now Available Of Wellington’s TICS Bill Public Meeting


Event has concluded. Video on demand of this public meeting is presented above.

TICS-Bill-Public-MeetingIf you missed the live stream of the Wellington public meeting opposing the National-led Government’s Telecommunications Interception Bill tonight we will have video on demand available here on The Daily Blog on Tuesday September 24.

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The Coalition to Stop the GCSB Bill organised this latest public meeting at Wellington’s Old St Paul’s on Mulgrave St.

Again, just like the packed out Auckland Town Hall meeting, there is a powerful line-up of speakers – each explains why this Telecommunications Interception bill is bad for our country.

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The speakers include:

  • Seeby Woodhouse – Orcon founder;
  • Prof Jane Kelsey – law expert;
  • John Minto – Global Peace and Justice Auckland;
  • Thomas Beagle – Tech Liberty;
  • Vikram Kumar – Mega CEO;
  • Valerie Morse – Anti-GCSB activist;
  • Annette Sykes – Mana vice president;
  • David Cunliffe – Labour leader;
  • Russel Norman – Greens co-leader.

Seeby Woodhouse, Thomas Beagle, and Vikram Kumar will all speak to the specifics of the TICS Bill, explaining why it will impact negatively on the information-communication-technology (ICT) and Internet Service Provider (ISP) sectors.

Prof Jane Kelsey and Annette Sykes will speak to the legal points in the bill that erode further New Zealanders’ rights to freedom from interception and surveillance.

Activists John Minto and Valerie Morse have both been victims of state surveillance and will detail their views of the bill based on how Kiwis’ right to protest has been eroded.

This will be the first major public meeting that David Cunliffe will speak to as Labour Party leader. He has already indicated that National’s GCSB law is bad legislation. This will be his opportunity to definitively detail what is wrong with the GCSB law and this TICS Bill, and most importantly, what Labour will do about it if it wins the 2014 General Election.

Russel Norman has also staunchly opposed both the GCSB law and this TICS Bill. This will be his first public meeting alongside David Cunliffe since the latter became Labour’s leader. This will give people a good opportunity to observe how these two leaders work together, and to gauge whether the Red Green bloc is a government-in-waiting.


  1. Good job putting this and the anti GCSB meeting in Auckland together.

    The elephant in the room, which only got a passing or fleeting disclosure mostly by John Minto, but effectively sidelined by Cunnlife, is why be in alliance with the USA at all?

    That elephant has been stomping all all over anything decent in respect to privacy rights, internet freedom, intellectual property, won’t support anti-landmine treaties and sets up wars using false flag operations.

    Minto disclosed our private complicity in Iraq, whilst the Clarke Government’s public position is no to getting down and dirty on Saddam’s patch. We entered Afghanistan on false premise. In fact every war since WW2 is a false premise. (The two World Wars were bankster wars however that’s another discourse)

    We get rid of our alliance to the elephant operate an independent foreign policy. I’m sure we can still sell milk powder. It’s not like China is going to stop buying it, and after all the USA farm lobby doesn’t want it there, so much for free trade.

    No elephant, no need for GCSB. Cunnlife missed when he was saying we need GCSB to spy on NZers once in a blue moon, isn’t that what the police and SIS do?

    We need to be profoundly honest about what we are supporting. No hidden cards, these revolutionary times need a huge element of public trust to be developed as to the true intent and like acts of a future bunch in the Beehive. Labour has tricked us before.

    Never again!

    • From memory, David Cunliffe has mentioned that New Zealand should not be aligned to the US, China, or any other country. We should have our own, independent foreign policy, as you have said. Unfortunately I can’t give you the source, but I’m sure he said it somewhere.

  2. Goff on TPPA interviewed by Fran O’Sullivan at the Herald a week ago, makes a mockery of Cunliffe’s stance;

    The comments at the end of the article including from a few notable left bashers are predominantly anti TPPA.

    It is difficult in my mind to separate TICs and GCSB from being in Empire, and this goes hand in hand with TPPA and creating a trade empire around the Pacific with terms overtly favourable for transnational corporations who are predominantly USA based, and who I consider are referred to when the USA speaks of its ‘National Interest’.

    This locks us into a game where our political leadership feels disempowered to advance legislation mandating reductions in Carbon emissions, protecting water and land, or stopping mining.

    The KORUS FTA (South Korea-USA free trade deal) makes no mention of labour protections.

    Further this spying legislation then has the potential, if not intent of deterring or monitoring activists whose efforts and intent is on behalf of the public and and ecological good, which to me is what NZ is really about.

    And relying on Labour and whatever coalition they might cobble together, to rescind is a bit hollow, prevention is better than band-aids.

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