Tag: Police and Crime

Gordon Campbell on how class colours Panama Papers reactions

Column – Gordon Campbell Not many heroes so far in the Panama Papers saga, but any number of villains. Those villains happen to include: criminals laundering their ill gotten gains, terrorists funding their nefarious activities, and shadowy figures guilty of varying levels … Gordon Campbell on how class colours the reactions to the Panama Papers Not many heroes so far in the Panama Papers saga, but any number of villains. Those villains happen to include: criminals laundering their ill gotten gains, terrorists funding their nefarious activities, and shadowy figures guilty of varying levels of larceny stashing their wealth in bolt-holes, offshore. Much of the talk about the need for greater “transparency” and “reputational risk” is about whether New Zealand is aiding and abetting such people – either (a) consciously for gain (b) carelessly or (c) via an ideological reluctance to regulate the foreign trust sector. In the murkier, moral grey zone however, reside the lawyers and lobbyists and enablers who profit from this trade – some of which is legal, and some of which isn’t. There are also the pliable politicians, and the lobbyists out to influence them. In addition, there are the investors hiding money from the taxman quite legally – and apparently feeling few pangs of conscience about being social parasites. So far, the policy response to the Panama Papers revelations has reflected the differences – and...

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Gordon Campbell on the security services review

Column – Gordon Campbell T o no-ones real surprise, the Cullen/Reddy review of the security services has recommended an extension of the powers of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), mainly to legally enable the agency to use its technological expertise … Gordon Campbell on the security services review, and Bernie Sanders’ victory against the TPP To no-one’s real surprise, the Cullen/Reddy review of the security services has recommended an extension of the powers of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), mainly to legally enable the agency to use its technological expertise to spy on New Zealanders. So… a review that was triggered by the GCSB breaking the letter (and the clear intent) of the existing law– which clearly forbade it to engage in the surveillance of New Zealanders – has now rewarded the miscreants, by legalizing their behavior. Yep, that’s the way to engender public confidence – give more power to the foxes, to enable them to better guard the henhouse. Why should we, in future, place our trust in organisations that have shown in the recent past that they either cannot understand or – more credibly – simply do not respect the boundaries placed on their activities by the current law? The Cullen/Reddy review makes much of the need to integrate the various laws governing the SIS and the GCSB, which are depicted as being confusing and...

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TPP relocation will cost ratepayers at least $500,000

Press Release – Auckland Councillor Cameron Brewer Auckland Councillor Cameron Brewer says its over-the-top Auckland Council is telling ratepayer-funded staff to stay away and flexi-work on Thursday 4 February due to imminent protests around SkyCity next door to Auckland Councils HQ in Federal …TPP relocation will cost ratepayers at least $500,000 Auckland Councillor Cameron Brewer says its over-the-top Auckland Council is telling ratepayer-funded staff to stay away and ‘flexi-work’ on Thursday 4 February due to imminent protests around SkyCity next door to Auckland Council’s HQ in Federal and Albert streets. “Auckland Council’s total wage and salary bill is over $2m a day, and given over 21% of staff work in 135 Albert Street, and that’s where our best paid operate from, half a million dollars in salaries to stay away and ‘flexi-work’ on Thursday is a very conservative guess,” says Mr Brewer. “Council meetings have been cancelled and councillors are being sent 25kms south to the Manukau Civic Centre that day. “It’s nothing to do with us so I’m surprised ratepayers are now being asked to fund us and many staff to relocate for the day. We should be staying put, not running away. How pathetic is that? “Rest assured council’s overly dramatic relocation for the day will cost hundreds of thousands of ratepayers dollars and wont make one bit of difference. The protestors are not after us so...

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Implicit police threat appalling

Press Release – Green Party Reports of the police visiting known activists to ask their plans for the TPPA show appalling judgement and are a poor attempt at a chilling effect, said the Green Party.28 January 2016 Implicit police threat appalling Reports of the police visiting known activists to ask their plans for the TPPA show appalling judgement and are a poor attempt at a chilling effect, said the Green Party. Dunedin Activist Scout Barbour Evans was visited by two police officers who said they were there at the behest of a national directive. The police said they were visiting all known activists in the country about the TPPA. “Having police show up at your door to ask you what you plan on doing is chilling and the police know that” said Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei. “It carries with it an implicit threat and New Zealanders have the right to speak out and have their voices heard. Being an activist isn’t a crime, being an activist is being passionate about something and last time I checked that wasn’t illegal. “If this was a national directive, then police need to reflect on what role they perform. Should we feel safe when we see a police car in our rear view mirror, or should we feel afraid? “We saw photos of armed police standing around John Key’s state of the...

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Desperate Key trying to redefine TPPA as law & order issue

Press Release – Professor Jane Kelsey News that police have been visiting opponents of the TPPA ahead of next weeks signing is the latest step in an orchestrated move by the Prime Minister to try to redefine the signing of the hugely unpopular Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement …28 January 2016 Desperate Key govt trying to redefine TPPA as law and order issue ‘News that police have been visiting opponents of the TPPA ahead of next week’s signing is the latest step in an orchestrated move by the Prime Minister to try to redefine the signing of the hugely unpopular Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) as a law and order issue’, said long-time TPPA critic Professor Jane Kelsey. ‘Presumably the National Party’s polling shows they can claw back some of their support base if they can demonise the opposition to the TPPA and divert attention from the substantive issues of affordable medicines, privileged rights for foreign investors, democracy and sovereignty.’ Professor Kelsey observed the parallels to Muldoon’s strategy during the 1981 Springbok tour. ‘The choice of Sky City as the venue was the first step. Then the media ran a conveniently planted story that police were doing riot training using the TPPA signing as their scenario. Now we have police visits to people labelled as anti-TPPA activists. By the time of the signing, National will hope the law and order threat is...

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