David Shearer appears to be abdicating responsibility for the GCSB and the security of the country. He wants to scrap law put in place by elected representatives, and hand over responsibility for what the GCSB does to an independent inquiry.
Shearer seems to have jumped on the GCSB opposition bandwagon – or been hoisted on the bandwagon – without thinking through wider issues.
At the GCSB protest meeting last night in Auckland Shearer said that Labour would scrap the soon to be passed legislation and have an independent inquiry.
He gave no details of how this would work, and offered no indication of what might replace the legislation. It appears that he is prepared to hand over the responsibility of the country’s security to whoever he would choose to appoint to run the inquiry.
Shearer should be questioned on how he actually thinks this might work. If he has thought about it beyond opposing for the sake of being seen to oppose.
The GCSB has not been allowed to assist the SIS or Police for about a year now. Does Shearer want to extend this restriction for another two years, until after the inquiry? Or would he leave the new legislation in place until after the inquiry?
What if the inquiry recommends keeping the new law largely as it is, perhaps with a few tweaks?
What if the inquiry recommends we have no GCSB and no national security?
It’s very important that voters know what Shearer and Labour would do, before the election. We should know now.
Would a Shearer led government abdicate responsibility of the country’s security? That may be what the Greens want.