Intelligence and Security Committee will meet next Tuesday to decide
when the review will be released.
review - announced
last year -
looked at the adequacy of the law governing the Security Intelligence
Service, and how the Government Communications Security Agency
legislation is working.
was carried out by the former Labour deputy prime minister Sir
Michael Cullen and the lawyer Dame Patricia Reddy.
Key said some changes were now likely, based on the review's
a general perspective that the SIS legislation at the moment is not
fit for purpose. I think there are areas where they can see
improvement in the way the GCSB and the SIS can work together."
Act governing the GCSB was overhauled last year, following
controversy over mass surveillance and some of its operations.
the time, SIS director Rebecca Kitteridge suggested the law for that
agency should also be changed, because now it focused almost solely
on the process the SIS must follow to get warrants to intercept
Key said the government would work closely with the Labour Party
before making any law changes.
the government's intention to try and reach bi-partisan support, so
I'm very reluctant to move forward if we can't get Labour's support
on the legislation.
one of things we'll be doing is to see where there's areas of common
ground and what we can craft in terms of the legislative response."
Key would not say whether the review recommended an expansion of the
powers of the agencies, a move that would be opposed by both Labour
and the Greens.
said any legislation could be introduced to Parliament this year, but
it was extremely unlikely it would be passed by the end of the year.