Enhancing Identity Verification and Border Processes Legislation Bill- Committee Stage – Video 3
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Enhancing Identity Verification and Border Processes Legislation Bill- Committee Stage – Video 3


my contribution today su and I think you know Peter Williams CEO mr. chairman thank you for the opportunity to speak I joined the committee at the latter part Ian of it as when this bill was coming to the latter part of the Select Committee’s consideration and and generally speaking I thought that in the main the key parts of the bill are common-sense changes which allow the government departments the better share information in order to avoid the similar case is the one mentioned by the previous speaker with regard to Philip John Smith the only point that we raise them and will continue raised it’s a shame that it tooks something like the Philip John Smith case to highlight the gaps there was another point sir that I want a table in this house which were raised by many of the submitters and that has to do with the information sharing between agencies there were many submitters who submitted that in terms of the part 10a in scheduled for a many supplements has thought it was unnecessary as there was already approved information sharing agreements between agencies and that was already available and therefore those submitters felt that by legislating for this it actually gave a much broader powers and broader potential I suspect for for corrupt practices to occur if we did not have sufficient controls around the way that that information was shared and and I point that out sir because often times I from time to time I get complaints farm mainly from the Muslim community who travel overseas in particular when somebody in the family has died you say at our borders we sort of collect that information and when we see that somebody has paid for an Afiya sort of the day before and by cash it that that person becomes sort of suspicious in terms of fee of the antennas and the border control when in reality the reason why that would occur is in accordance with the muslim faith once somebody dies they’ve got to bury that person immediately within a certain time frame and therefore there is no planning for those travels it must be immediate and it often requires instead of using a credit card most families would you cash in order to be at the airport quickly fly to the family bury their dead before the timeframe runs out for that sort of happen and what and when they return there then picked up at the border and our border controls feel somewhat suspicious about the way that their travel was planned or lack of planning there are and so I raised that so as one of the issues where when we give powers to the government agencies particularly for collecting biometric information and for the controlling of travels for those who have who are on parole often our system seemed to pick up people unnecessarily simply because of lack of information all the information that has to do with their travel plans raises red flags at our borders and so but nonetheless in the there was there was general support I would say by the committee and and I think many of the committee felt that they had provided an existing legislative frameworks for those approved information sharing agreements and that believe that the matters listed in for a could be achieved by having six approved information sharing agreements covering the information exchanges between the existing agency in the holder agency but not the Stanny sir I think as we move forward and as we tend to give more powers to our government agencies we do need to ensure that we have oversight of that because what we’ve got to protect our reputation sir and so far we have an international reputation that as well that is well formulated one that established us to be very credible established us as a country with high integrity and so forth and I would hate for for for any government with a passable prison to sort of move into an area where we simply give massive huge powers to government agencies to do this type work without any oversight particularly when it comes to the sharing information where we value our information thank you mister I don’t have very long to go where we value our own personal information and it can get caught up in the whole of scheme of things when those when and it’s not necessarily those people that were wanting to capture and so in the report requirement to report and identity what information sharing is occurring I think that that’s important that we agree that a requirement to report on the operation of schedule for a would provide further accountability however the committee did not propose prescribing how reporting should take place as this would ensure that agencies have sufficient flexibility to incorporate this process into their existing annual report nonetheless though the majority the committee felt that that agencies should have flexibility in reporting back it’s still important serve and I think that we have that oversight and that this house in particular needs to keep track off those particular reports on how that information is shared shared and who when which agencies are sharing in any feedback from the community from the general public about how they are treated that’s all I wanted to share with the house at this point in time I hope Mahesh Bendre to stand on behalf of New Zealand first to speak

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