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Urgent! Terrorism Suppression Bill
9 October 2002
we have just received information that Parliament has gone into Urgency through to Friday - the process of passing the Terrorism Supression Bill into law will begin with the second reading sometime tonight, with the third and final reading sometime tomorrow.
This is the Bill which: "marks the single greatest legislative erosion of human rights and the due process of law in this country since those Acts passed in the late 1800s which took away the right to trial - in particular the Mäori Prisoners Trials Act of 1879 and the Mäori Prisoners Act of 1880." (PMA, 22 March 2002).
More information about the Bill including a selection of alerts and some of the submissions which opposed it are available on-line.
At this last stage, it is unlikely that anything will influence those politicians and parties which want to pass the Bill into law - so far as is known, only the Green Party MPs will be opposing it. However, if you wish to take the opportunity to express your views on this totally unnecessary and repressive legislation, you could contact your local MP, and the government politicians below: