17 Apr 2013

Call for GCSB inquiry rejected

6:46 am on 17 April 2013

Parliament's high-powered Intelligence and Security Select Committee has rejected a Green Party call for an inquiry into the appointment of the director of the Government Communications Security Bureau, Ian Fletcher.

The committee comprises the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and the leaders of ACT, United Future and the Greens.

At a Beehive meeting last night, members of the committee were briefed on the proposed law changes for the GCSB following a report that found the agency has been misinterpreting the law for years.

United Future leader Peter Dunne said a motion calling for an inquiry into Mr Fletcher's appointment was tied, which effectively means it was defeated.

Green Party leader Russel Norman who put the motion said it was a disappointing result.

"I thought this was the committee to hold such an inquiry into the appointment process. It has put a big question mark over some parts of the organisation but at the end of the day this was a tied vote so it didn't get through."

The Prime Minister excused himself from the vote because he was involved in Mr Fletcher's appointment.