Vocal crowd debates search, surveillance bill
The meeting was organised by the group Stop the Search and Surveillance Bill.
Audience members were urged to make submissions on the bill before the end of this week.
Speakers Michael Bott from the NZ Council for Civil Liberties, and Select Committee chairman and National MP Chester Borrows spoke against and for the bill respectively.
The audience was then invited to answer questions and make comment.
The vocal crowd challenged Mr Borrows on issues such as why police need increased powers and the effects the bill would have on society.
Mr Borrows said he was happy with the way the meeting went despite a lot of criticism for the bill.
“I think the audience was obviously partisan,” he said. “They argued in really good grace.”
Spokesperson for the organisers Batch Hales says he was pleased with the number of people who turned up, but was concerned people had not been given enough time to make submissions.
“People find it really difficult to put submissions in and we have been given just over two weeks.”
The group fighting the bill intends to continue its campaign.
October 9 will be a national day of action for the Stop the Search and Surveillance Bill and those interested in taking part in the Wellington region are being asked to meet at the Bucket Fountain in Cuba St at noon.