A bill expanding the powers of a wide range of government agencies to apply for surveillance warrants is the subject of a Bell Gully submission to the Justice and Electoral Committee. The Search and Surveillance Bill 2009 would give agencies such as the Commerce Commission, the Ministry of Labour and local authorities the right to obtain such warrants, including the power to place covert listening or recording devices on private property.
Bell Gully agrees with the bill's legislative objective of ensuring that government enforcement agencies have adequate investigative tools to discharge their duties, subject to those tools being appropriate and proportionate, when balanced against the scope and nature of those duties. Nevertheless, we are concerned that the bill proposes the extension of surveillance powers to a wide range of non-Police regulatory agencies and believe that this:
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