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MP says emails are being monitored

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 13/09/2016
The survey was carried out after approvals surged 81 per cent following relaxation of English language requirements in 2013, Mr Hipkins says. © Getty Images The survey was carried out after approvals surged 81 per cent following relaxation of English language requirements in 2013, Mr Hipkins says.

Labour MP Chris Hipkins says the Parliamentary Service is monitoring MPs' emails, and he's asked Speaker David Carter to investigate.

Mr Hipkins told parliament on Tuesday he had wanted to send an email to a member of the press gallery on Monday night.

"It was blocked and I was not able to send it because the document that I was attaching, that I had obtained under the Official Information Act, previously had a government security classification," he said.

"This is a very serious matter because it doesn't matter how I came to hold the document, the fact that the Parliamentary Service are monitoring the emails coming to and from MPs' email addresses is completely unacceptable."

The Parliamentary Service manages parliament and its communications systems.

Mr Carter is responsible for it.

He said he would look into Mr Hipkins' complaint and report to parliament on Wednesday.

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