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LATEST: Parliament today voted 108-13 to strengthen terrorism suppression laws, but was told the bill had no relevance to last month’s police raids and the Solicitor-General’s ruling against charges under the Terrorism Suppression Act.
We may need new domestic terrorism laws – Nats
The Terrorism Suppression Amendment Bill was drafted long before the police raids, with the main purpose of allowing New Zealand to meet its international obligations in terms of designating terrorist organisations.
But it also creates a new offence of committing an act of terrorism, under penalty of a life sentence, and gives the prime minister responsibility for designating groups and individuals as terrorists.
It is those provisions, which have now been passed into law, that have set the Maori Party, the Greens and ACT against Labour and National.
There were fiery clashes during earlier debates on the bill, with Maori MP Hone Harawira accused of effectively justifying anarchy when he said he opposed laws which allowed “state forces” to terrorise his people.