Enhancing Identity Verification and Border Processes Legislation Bill- Committee Stage – Video 4
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Enhancing Identity Verification and Border Processes Legislation Bill- Committee Stage – Video 4


one time I hope Mahesh Bandra to stand on behalf of New Zealand first to speak to this enhancing identity you know verification and border processes legislation bill mr. chair there’s a lot of work go on in the law and order Select Committee with regards to the you know tidying up the processes in this bill and particularly the the queries that we had we are quite satisfied that those queries have been answered we had a query about the privacy and the period of that information being held by various law enforcement agencies this actually is a direct was a knee-jerk reaction to a knee-jerk reaction however we have decided to still support this bill because it will go a long way in removing those anomalies and removing those I mean now fixing those communication gaps so mr. speaker after this is this bill is passed the victims will stand to to be safer and that is because we we all remember the embarrassing incident where Philip John Smith escaped all the way to Brazil and what are more embarrassing was that the law enforcement agencies did not know for the next 48 hours corrections came to know only 24 hours after he had escaped that he had actually failed to return to prison so it took them further 24 hours to inform the police and then the police acted and then the police were not able to inform the victims of Philip John Smith’s crimes about his escape so that is one situation which probably will be prevented in future if we we actually implement this bill effectively a mr. speaker if they were also concerns that about the period of that by metric information and other information about offenders that be held by the law enforcement agencies I know for a fact that Corrections store or keep the biometric information about an offender when the offender comes to comes into their custody and then what this bill of Corrections would be able to share that information with the other agencies such as customs immigration new zealand police – and to a certain extent intelligence agencies so that being the case our hope is that future communication issues could be prevented now this the offenders who are actually actually have an alert on their system for their ban on a foreign travel will be stopped at the borders because the customs and immigration will have information in their system if an offender is been put on that alert list so these are the reasons that we have supported this bill in the past and these are the reasons that we will continue to support this bill our Honorable I me Adam mr. chairman thank you I will take

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