Labour will be consulted on intelligence agencies review

The Herald reports:

SIS Minister Chris Finlayson says he wants to maintain the same bipartisan approach to the comprehensive review of intelligence agencies next year as he has with Labour over law targeting terrorist foreign fighters, which is expected to pass in Parliament tonight.

“I think there is nothing more important than a bipartisan approach between the National Party and the Labour Party to these issues,” he told the Herald last night.

“So they will be consulted on the reviewers and the terms of references.”

It would not be an officials’ review, he said. It would be “more arms-length than that”.

It is good the planned review is planned to be more than an officials’ review, and the desire to consult over the reviewers and their terms of reference.

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