I am angry.
Last night under urgency Parliament got a new law about internet and copyright almost all the way through. Three things about this make me angry:
(1) The law specifies that if you are accused of downloading illegally, you are presumed guilty (more info)
(2) The law gives government the power to punish a person by removing access to the internet entirely
(3) A controversial law such as this should not be put through under Parliamentary urgency.
More info about the bill is here.
This is a shameful episode in NZ politics. Bad law, and indefensible process. You cannot legislate morality, and you cannot legislate to fix technological failure.
Both major parties voted for this law. Only the Greens opposed (with two independent MPs). Remember that at election time.