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Asia-Pacific Dashboard Digest | Surveillance Bill Passes First Reading Related reading: Roundup: Germany, Israel, Ireland, US and more

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A bill that would give the Security Intelligence Service stronger surveillance powers has passed its first reading in parliament, The New Zealand Herald reports. While supporting the bill, Labour Party deputy leader Annette King voiced that there needs to be a balance between national security and the right to privacy. Hone Harawira of the Maori Party expressed "grave doubts" about the potential for inappropriate surveillance. The bill passed by a margin of 111 to 9 and now heads to the Intelligence and Security Committee where public submissions will be solicited.
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