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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 25. No. 11. 1962

The Attack Grows

The Attack Grows

During the debate on the estimates of expenditure in 1961 Warren Freer, controversial M.P. for Mount Albert, asked that the vote for the Security Police be listed as a separate item in the accounts. Prior to this the vote had been concealed under the heading, "Prison Officers Overtime".

Mr Edwards, another opposition member, attacked the nature of the control of the Security Department. He felt that with the Department under the sole care of the Prime Minister it could be used to attack any critics of the government. He proposed that control be vested in a committee of five, this committee to include; the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition, and an Anglican Bishop. There was widespread support from editorials throughout the country for these proposals. In March of this year Mr Holyoake announced that the vote for security would be shown separately as requested.

At the beginning of this year two articles attacking the security police appeared. On in Comment and the other in Polemic.

For the first time the vote for the security police would become an item for debate in the house. For the first time the activities of the department would be under scrutiny by the people of New Zealand. Obviously this situation must have been of some embarrassment to security who had as yet, as far as we know, failed to expose one genuine, true blue spy.