GPJA #473: Holding the PM to account – Monday Night, Auckland Town Hall, 7pm



Holding the Prime Minister to account – Monday Night, Auckland Town Hall, 7pm

By John Minto

With the notable exception of John Campbell, the mainstream media have been utterly pathetic in holding the Prime Minister to account for his outrageous misrepresentation of the GCSB and TICS (Telecommunications Interception Capability and Security) bills currently before parliament.

John Key has been keen to talk about anything other than the GCSB bill but then finally turned up for an interview on Campbell Live and used a mixture of bluff and bluster to tell the country the new GCSB bill is merely a tidy-up of the old bill which had led the GCSB to break the law. When confronted with an avalanche of criticism that the bill allows for wholesale spying on New Zealanders Key says everyone else is wrong and he is right.

The mainstream media went into something of a frenzy a few weeks back when they learned a journalist’s movements around parliament and cellphone records had been passed over to a Prime Ministerial investigation without the permission of anyone involved. It’s a pity they couldn’t find the same energy for the much more serious issue of the introduction of across-the-board spying on New Zealanders by the GCSB.

This conflict has dragged on for many weeks but no-where has there been a serious journalistic critique of the claims made by either the Prime Minister or his critics.

This week it’s been left to Dr Rodney Harrison QC and Dame Anne Salmond to point out the Prime Ministers carefully spun misrepresentation of the bills. Rodney’s piece in yesterday’s New Zealand Herald is here:

Dame Anne Salmond’s leading letter in the Herald on Saturday (not online unfortunately) also takes the PM to account where journalists have failed.

It’s more important than ever that we hold the Prime Minister to account at the URGENT PUBLIC MEETING TO STOP THE GCSB BILL – AUCKLAND TOWN HALL THIS MONDAY 19TH AUGUST AT 7PM.

There’s nowhere else to be Monday night.

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Letter from Anne Salmond to NZ Herald

Dear Sir,

In assessing the Prime Minister’s performance on Campbell Live, rather than admiring the style, it is important to weigh what was said. He assured New Zealanders that if the GCSB bill is passed, they will not be subject to wholesale spying.

In the bill, however, it says that the Director may apply in writing for an interception warrant or an access authorisation, and the scope of these permissions is sweeping.

In the case of warrants, the communications that are intercepted may be “made or received by 1 or more persons or classes of persons” – all teachers, or nurses, or trade unionists, perhaps, plus all the people with whom they communicate?

In the case of access authorisations, the Director may seek access to “1 or more specified information infrastructures or classes of information infrastructures” – all telephone or internet services, for example, or the Southern Cross Cable?

If XKeyscore is used, with its capacity for 3-hop analyses, a warrant for an individual (let alone a class of person) gives access to the communications of tens of thousands of people. If the Guardian is to be believed, New Zealanders are already subject to surveillance under this system.

Contrary to the Prime Minister’s assurances, it seems that the GCSB bill does make wholesale spying on New Zealanders legally possible. This further undermines trust in the oversight of our intelligence system.

The Prime Minister has added that in the first instance, he would not allow the GCSB to access the content of the communications that are intercepted. Are we supposed to be grateful? Metadata can still be analysed. For such assurances to be relied on, they must be written into law.

More than ever, I think that a thorough and independent review of the intelligence agencies, and those who authorise the surveillance of New Zealanders is needed before any new legislation is drafted. Our democratic rights are at risk, and must be defended.

Yours truly

Anne Salmond

URGENT Appeal for donations to pay for Town Hall Hire:

The GCSB Public meeting in the Town Hall will cost6 close to $7,000 for the venue alone – $4500 +GST for basic hire and $1750 + GST for compulsory security, ushers and sound.

We collected $3000 on the GCSB March but we urgently need $4,000 which must be paid BEFORE the meeting. Can you help?

Donations can be direct credited to: Global Peace and Justice Auckland

Account Number 38-9000-0099726-00


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Tech Liberty on GCSB Bill

TPPA & the rise of the mass surveillance state By Prof Jane Kelsey – See more at:

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Russell Brown: The GCSB Bill: We at least have to try

Trailer for Feature Film Documentary MEGA CONSPIRACY

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Citizen A This Week: With Martyn Bradbury, Dr Rodney Harrison QC & MP Grant Robertson

Nanny National: In John Key, has Big Government found its most devoted servant? by Gordon Campbell

PM forced to admit GCSB can read NZers’ inbox

David Rovics: Spies Are Reading My Blog

The GCSB roadie continues


Friday, August 23, 12pm at Albert Park (opposite Auckland University) in the Auckland CBD
Teddy Bear’s Picnic to Support Paid Parental Leave 26 weeks! And to say a very big loud: DON’T VETO THE BILL, BILL! To date our confirmed speakers are Sue Moroney, Jan Logie, Marama Davidson and Carmel Sepuloni

Friday, August 23, 7.30pm, OUSA Recreaction Centre (formally Clubs n Socs), Albany Street, Dunedin.
Come and join us in part one of our surveillance film and discussion series! Organsied by, The Organisation for Global Nonviolent Action (OGNA) and Students for Free Culture. Currently in Aotearoa/NZ the GCSB bill has disturbing implications for both individual privacy and civil liberties. It gives the state increased powers of surveillance that allow it to be increasingly intrusive and challenge freedom of speech. Beside the fact that it infringes on human rights there is also no evidence of necessity or effectiveness. This kind of activity has been a global trend within the last decade. The series will have three parts: The first week we will focus on moving beyond the problem, and lay out a vision of where we want to go. The film will be “V FOR VENDETTA”. The second week we will focus on the problem and the challenges of reaching our end goal. The film will be “WE LIVE IN PUBLIC”. And finally we will focus on possible solutions to the issue and what action we can take. The film will be “FREE THE NETWORK”. We aim to create a space where anyone can come and openly discuss important issues that have an impact on our society. Through discussion we aim to find solutions to global problems , and afterwards turn our proposed solutions into action. We see this discussion as an opportunity for people to clarify their own ideas as well as present and be exposed to possible solutions.

Monday, August 26, 6pm, Case Room 3, Owen Glenn Building, University of Auckland
Narratives for Auckland 2 – Building Liveable Cities. I would like to invite you to the second seminar in our Narratives for Auckland Series. The ingredients of a liveable city (affordable housing, modern public transport, great public spaces, urban renewal and the celebration of creative diversity) cannot be delivered by the market. It takes many hands working with councils, communities and the private sector. Phil Twyford MP will discuss the role of government in facing these challenges, Denise Bijoux and Paul Grimshaw will outline what they learned on good urban development from their recent visit to Seattle, Victoria and Portland. Phil Twyford is Labour’s spokesperson on Housing, Auckland Issues and he is Associate Environment spokesperson with a focus on cities. Phil is the Member of Parliament for Te Atatu, and was first elected to Parliament in 2008. Before politics he spent 15 years with the international humanitarian organisation Oxfam. Denise Bijoux works in community-led development to create effective models of partnership, participatory community development, sustainable healthy housing, placemaking and Asset Based Development. She has worked with Inspiring Communities & manages the Neighbourhoods Programme for Beacon Pathway. Denise led the study tour to North America. Paul Grimshaw is a lawyer with 25 years experience who has specialises in construction disputes and Building Code compliance issues. Over the last 10 years he has acted for approximately 6,000 owners who have been affected by the leaky building disaster. His experience has provided him with valuable insight in to the current state of housing in New Zealand. And more … as a follow-up session for activists for community level organising, there is a workshop, Thursday 29th August 6pm at the Polish Society Room, Morningside. Jim Diers on “The local is everything in the lively city” $20 cover charge + lite food + a bar. See Jim here http// and here http// Warm regards, Phil Harington, For the New Zealand Fabian Society

Sunday, September 8, 6pm, The Victoria Theatre, 48-56 Victoria Rd, Devonport
‘FRANCES HA’ – MOVIE NIGHT: Come to the movies with us on 8th September and help support us and the Auckland Womens Centre. There’s a choice of 2 tickets:- $20 Movie Ticket Only; $25 Movie Ticket + Glass of Wine or Ice Cream. Contact the Office on 444 4618 or email us at women.ctr to get your ticket. Payment can be made by cash, cheque or direct credit. Alternatively tickets can be purchased through Auckland Womens Centre Ph: 376 3227 ext 0 or email info or – if you’re in the Ponsonby area – at the Womens Bookshop. A bit about the film ….. Frances (Greta Gerwig) lives in New York, but she doesn’t really have an apartment. Frances is an apprentice for a dance company, but shes not really a dancer. Frances has a best friend named Sophie, but they aren’t really speaking anymore. Frances throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possible reality dwindles. Frances wants so much more than she has but lives her life with unaccountable joy and lightness. FRANCES HA is a modern comic fable that explores New York, friendship, class, ambition, failure, and redemption. (c) IFC Films

Wednesday, September 11
LEGAL SEMINAR ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ACT – PRESENTED BY GALVIN LAW: This seminar will be beneficial for women who are, or have been affected by, domestic violence as well as community workers, counsellors and anyone supporting women in this situation. This seminar is a women only event. Cost: $10 (waged) or $5 (Community Services Card/Unwaged). Call the office on 444 4618 to register your place.

Friday, September 20, 7pm, 3 Pearce St, Onehunga, Auckland
You are invited to join us for an exciting night of Culture, Live music with Calle Latina, Cuban Accent, with Special guest Mallarauco and Traditional dances by Macondo , The Cuban Grove , food, bar and much more!! Estas invitado a participar en la celebración de la Fiesta de Chile que estará llena de cultura, música en vivo con Calle Latina, The Cuban Accent, tradicionales música con Mallarauco bailes con Macondo y Bailes de Salsa con The Cuban grove, comida, bar y mucho mas… buy you Ticket now!! $10 Entry only cash


Witness a people’s revolution in action. The Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network’s 14th international solidarity brigade to Venezuela this December is a very special opportunity to observe, learn about and be inspired by the Bolivarian revolution that is transforming Latin America and challenging the greed and exploitation of global capitalism by showing that a better world is possible. Since 1998, when the late Hugo Chavez was first elected president, the Bolivarian revolution has achieved remarkable things by putting control of Venezuela’s politics and economy back into the hands of the poor majority. Despite the challenges created by Chavez’s death last March and the right-wing’s campaign to undermine new President Nicolas Maduro, this people-power driven revolution continues to flourish and defy all attempts by the imperialism-backed opposition to destroy it.
Brigade registration and costs
The registration deadline for the 2013 brigade is September 1, 2013. Accommodation, transport within Venezuela and English-Spanish translation throughout the brigade will be organised for all participants by the AVSN. Participants will need to book their own international airfares. Please do not purchase your tickets before the registration deadline of September 1. In addition to your international airfare, you will need to budget for approximately $1200. This will cover your brigade registration fee ($500 for waged workers or $350 for students/pensioners), and your food, transport and (shared) accommodation in Venezuela.
To register or for more information: EMAIL: brigades


DAVID ROVICS TOUR CANCELLED: “You are not welcome in New Zealand”

Many thanks to all for a great 24 July Auckland launch of Fighting to Choose: The Abortion Rights Struggle in New Zealand. The follow-up book tour-cum-roadshow, Prochoice Highway, kicks off next month, and runs till the end of the year. If you’d like to follow the Highway via occasional email updates, this link will take you to a page where you can sign up. Otherwise your in-box will be left in peace from now on (unless, that is, you already happen to be a subscriber). Ngā mihi nui, Alison McCulloch

Please see attached our Winter Newsletter. It has been a busy year for Hauraki/Coromandel with the Manaia campaign, closely followed by the Regatta and most recently the protest to protect Parakiwai, as well as expanding threats of mining in areas that are totally inappropriate. The government continue to present short-sighted committment to facilitating the mineral industry over and above communities and the environment. Thank you for being part of protecting the Coromandel, we know that communities deserve better than short-term unsustainable economic solutions and together we can save the Coromandel from this. Do not hesitate to get in touch with your ideas and/or to volunteer your time. Kind Regards, Renee Annan, Coordinator, Coromandel Watchdog of Hauraki. m: 0220181764 Newsletter:

Nominations are open for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa – New Zealand in 2013. Download a nomination form here

Candidates will be asked by communities to step up for a Living Wage at this year’s local body elections in Auckland, Wellington and beyond. The Living Wage Movement will hold seven meetings in Auckland with communities that want to see employees and contracted workers at Auckland Council paid a Living Wage. Living Wage Aotearoa NZ will join with the following Auckland communities to call for a Living Wage and to support other critical issues that really matter to their communities:

Unions @ Papatoetoe Cosi Club | August 22, 4-6pm

Women @ Columbus Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby | September 3, 6-8pm

Youth @ Auckland University quad | September 4, 12.30-1.30pm

Migrant and Refugees @ Mays Rd Memorial Hall | September 7, 4-6pm

Faith-based groups @ Columbus Centre, Ponsonby | September 10, 7-9pm

West Auckland communities @ Tuvalu Church, Aetna Pl | September 18, 6-8pm

Pacific Communities @ Pacific Island Church Otara | October 4, 5-7pm

And for Wellington they are:

St Peters on Willis, 7-9pm, Monday, 23 September

Victoria University, 1pm, 25 September

Pacific Islander Presbyterian Church, Newtown, 2-4pm, Saturday 28 September



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Widespread opposition to RMA changes

National attacks environmental protection … again …

Report highlights disparity in health system for Maori

Hospitals miss target for urgent treatment

Telcos rail at internet proposal

The Anglers’ Revolt

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How much of a scam is Auckland Transport?

East Coast iwi considers legal action over oil exploration

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NZ Can and Must Aim Higher With Emissions Target

New Zealand Imperialism in the Pacific

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Lynley Hood: Pora case highlights need for long overdue pardon


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Ten Myths About Welfare – the politics behind the government’s welfare reform process by Gordon Campbell

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Ranfurly House owners threaten workers with the sack if they don’t accept massive pay cuts

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93 Redundancies announced at Solid Energy

Miners ‘screwed’ at the coalface

Coal imported as miners laid off

Sex-pest test means instant dismissal


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The road to genuine social change and peoples power By Mike Treen – See more at:

Federico Fuentes on socialism in the 21st century and revolutionary leadership in Latin America

Software that tracks people on social media created by defence firm

Gwynne Dyer: Spying mess will change internet

Richard Dawkins does it again: New Atheism’s Islamophobia problem

John Pilger: Manning will inspire others to stand for truth – See more at:

End Prohibition Now: The Definitive Argument Against Criminalizing Drugs

Of course all men don’t hate women. But all men must know they benefit from sexism


Reports from the Economic Front by Martin Hart-Landsberg: Globalization And Inequality

Tom Mills discusses the contemporary folly and the deep historical roots of austerity with Mark Blyth, Professor of International Political Economy at Brown University in the United States and the author of Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea.

The Shocking Amount of Wealth and Power Held by 0.001% of the World Population – The level of inequality around the world is truly staggering.

Fracking: dangerous, destructive, unnecessary


Awakening the Dreamer: Changing the Dream (2011): Wake up to your own role in creating a new future. This new perspective of the current state of our planet features top scientific, indigenous and activist minds from around the world. Now available for the first-time ever on video, The Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium empowers participants to respond to the urgency and the opportunity of our times with action and informed, grounded optimism.

The Great Rift: Capitalism and the metabolism of nature and production

JPMorgan scandal: Wall Street gets rich off climate inaction – See more at:

A dirty black hole: From Wales to Colombia, the scourge of opencast coal mining is being driven by our continued dependence on this dirtiest of fossil fuels, writes Kelvin Mason

Yep, We’re Screwed: Top Ten Recent Climate Change Findings that should Scare You

The Future We Don’t Want: ILO Discussion on “Green Economy” is out of step with many unions and social movements by Maité Llanos

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Matt Damon Elysium interview

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NZFF Review: He Toki Huna – NZ in Afghanistan (5 stars) + interview with Director – See more at:

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Questlove on His Musical Upbringing, Hip-Hop’s 40th, Soul Train and New Memoir, “Mo’ Meta Blues”

Review: A Bitter Pill: A Lenny Moss Mystery

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Slaughter on stolen lands – While we remember our casualties in overseas wars, no toll exists for Aboriginal deaths during the brutal colonisation of Australia. Read more:

Union fight was necessary to keep university strong – Read more:

PNG solution deepens Australian neo-colonialism

‘Rocking the Foundations’ — the story of Australia’s pioneering red-green trade union

Contempt charges dropped against unionist Bob Carnegie

Aboriginal groups welcome refugees

Hero, traitor, critic – Vietnam celebrates Burchett’s centenary in pictures Read more:–vietnam-celebrates-burchetts-centenary-in-pictures-20110921-1kl9l.html#ixzz2cIeGwKDs


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Samsung Brazil violated labour laws, prosecutors allege


Defiant Myanmar activists expect jail over oil/gas protest

Burma’s Political Prisoner Problem


International human rights delegation to investigate treatment of First Nations

Nova Scotia’s crackdown on cyberbullying goes too far: Editorial

Nova Scotia’s awful cyber abuse law makes bullies of us all

Kevin Washbrook makes coal a burning issue

Another step in the crazed march of Canada’s fossil fuel industry


China’s Young Workers Fight Back at Foxconn



Egypt’s shameful day: Bloodbath on the Nile

Egypt on Aug 14, 2013: ‘Worst attack on civilians’ in the history of the country

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Massacre in Cairo: Egypt on Brink After Worst Violence Since 2011 Revolution

Dozens Dead as Egyptian Forces Commit 3rd Mass Killing of Pro-Morsi Demonstrators

Egypt’s Transition Has Failed: New Age of Military Dictatorship in Wake of Massacre

Appeal for solidarity after steel workers arrested by army

Egypt: we may despise the Muslim Brotherhood, but a coup is a coup

Only democracy can end Egypt’s bloody crisis

Algeria and the Paradox of Democracy: The 1992 Coup, its Consequences and the Contemporary Crisis

The return of the military Pharaohs –


German Economists Rehearse a Rebellion by Ingo Schmidt


Indian Indigenous Activist and Journalist Dayamani Barla In Her Own Words


Water leaks at Fukushima could contaminate entire Pacific Ocean


Workers in Ulsan end 296-day aerial protest at Hyundai factory

Samsung Outsources Fatality Risk To Contractors


Scott Hamilton: 10 years since the Australian-led occupation — the politics of fantasy

Media academic seeks stronger journalism empowerment over climate change

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Israeli Gov’t mocks ‘Peace Talks’ with announcement of 1200 New Squatter homes in Occupied Palestine

Robert Fisk: Any other ‘statesman’ who negotiated peace like John Kerry would be treated as a thief

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ITF condemns Philippines killings

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Marikana: a wake-up call still ignored

Terry Bell: Sectarian shame of the SACP


Israel advises Sri Lanka on slow-motion genocide


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Troubled Kurds Draw Closer


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Scotland: reform of land ownership is long overdue

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