Changes to Search and Surveillance Bill sought by Parker

The Dominion Post reports today that Labour shadow attorney-general, David Parker wants National to “curb” Serious Fraud Office powers relating to production and examination orders laid down in the Search and Surveillance Bill. He has written to retiring justice minister Simon Power arguing that the media should be exempted to protect sources and the orders should come from judges rather than by SFO notice. Mr Power responded that exempting the media would give it greater protection than other sectors of society, which was difficult to justify. [Read more...]