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Opposition parties say New Zealand has been turned into a "police state" after Parliament last night narrowly passed the Government's controversial Search and Surveillance Bill.
last night passed by the Bill by 61 votes to 57.
It was opposed by all Opposition parties and the Government's support partner the Maori Party.
Greens MP Stefan Browning said the legislation put the powers exercised by police in its heavily criticised 2007 so-called "terror raids" in Ruatoki in the hands of many government agencies.
Those raids led to the trial of the Urewera Four, who a jury this week failed to reach a verdict on the police's case they were part of an organised criminal group.
Browning told Parliament the law went too far.
"The evils of the Bill go to looking at people's texts, their voice mails, bugs in cars, chat room videos."
Thousands of innocent people could have their communications caught up in electronic monitoring, Browning said.
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