The so-called e-crimes bill is back for its select committee on Thursday (May 4) for a brief appearance.
Only 15 minutes have been set aside to discuss the Crimes Amendment Bill Number Six and it is possible the law and order select committee will only discuss the addition of the crime of unauthorised access to a computer, or hacking.
“Submissions closed in March but no timetable’s been set to hear oral submissions yet,” says associate minister Paul Swain’s press secretary, Kerry Lamont.
Swain is on sick leave until the end of May following additional surgery for the stomach complaint that saw him sidelined for much of the parliamentary year so far. His justice responsibilities are being handled by Minister of Justice Phil Goff. A spokesman for Goff’s office says the select committee will probably do no more than meet the government officials who will be working on the bill.
“They’ll probably just present their initial report on what the bill is all about and perhaps a summary of the submissions.”
The committee consists of 10 MPs — Taito Phillip Field (Labour), Parekura Horomia (Labour), Ron Mark (New Zealand First), Brian Neeson (National), Jill Pettis (Labour), Simon Power (National), Ken Shirley (ACT), Tony Steel (National), and Judith Tizard (Labour). It is chaired by Janet Mackey (Labour).