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'Surveillance camera' installed outside National MP office in New Plymouth

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A 'surveillance camera' was installed outside National MP Jonathan Young's office in New Plymouth today as part of a Day of Action against the Search and Surveillance Bill.

“While our budget for the camera consisted of a cardboard box, duct tape and a toilet role, the state spends millions of dollars of tax payers money on surveilling society.  Once the Search and Surveillance Bill becomes law, state power increseases again and search and surveillance become open slather” said a spokesperson for 'Stop the Bill Taranaki'.

“This bill allows the police to break and enter into people's homes, schools, marae, businesses, churches, and all public buildings to plant surveillance equipment and film people while they have dinner in their lounge.”

“The bill also authorises a vast expansion of the police's use of warrant-less searches. It allows the cops to sign their own search warrants and also to to seize items in 'plain view' when searching premises.”

“The 'surveillance camera' outside Jonathan Young's electorate office might give him a bit of a taste what surveillance means.” After installing the camera, 'Stop the Bill Taranaki' handed out 400 leaflets in central New Plymouth about the Search and Surveillance Bill.

“A bill that expands state power to monitor and intercept communications, to detain, question and surveil people and that removes the right to silence must be stopped.”

Protest marches took place in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch against the bill this afternoon.

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Protest group keeps watch on

Protest group keeps watch on MP office

By LEIGHTON KEITH - Taranaki Daily News (http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/3621316/Protest-group-keeps-watch-on-MP-office)

Protesters have installed a "surveillance camera" outside National MP Jonathan Young's New Plymouth office.

A group calling itself "Stop the Bill Taranaki" put up the cardboard box camera on Saturday as part of a day of action against the Search and Surveillance Bill.

The bill is being debated by Parliament.

Mr Young said everyone had the right to protest.

Attempts by the Taranaki Daily News to contact the group went unanswered yesterday.

In a press release the group said it would be open slather for search and surveillance once the bill became law.

"While our budget for the camera consisted of a cardboard box, duct tape and a toilet roll, the state spends millions of dollars of taxpayers' money on surveilling society," it said.

"This bill allows the police to break and enter into people's homes, schools, marae, businesses, churches, and all public buildings to plant surveillance equipment and film people while they have dinner in their lounge."

The bill expands the police's use of warrantless searches, allows them to sign their own search warrants and allows items in plain view to be seized.

"The camera outside Jonathan Young's electorate office might give him a bit of a taste what surveillance means."

Mr Young said the bill was based on a Law Commission review and would update the current "mish-mash."

The changes would make the system work more efficiently, he said.

Great work!

Great work Taranaki whanau! Creative and well-publicized action, customized to the number of people you can rely on to be involved. Solid gold activism on a critically important issue.