Marriage (Court Consent to Marriage of Minors) Amendment Bill- First Reading – Video 9
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Marriage (Court Consent to Marriage of Minors) Amendment Bill- First Reading – Video 9


Melissa Lee mr. speaker and on that note I just want to follow up on the speaker who just took a seat that we are in fact not talking about arranged marriages and for someone who almost got married in an arranged marriage quite a few few years ago we’re not actually sort of suggesting that arranged marriages are in fact wrong and there are many different cultures who actually have these kinds of marriages but what we’re in fact talking about is actually child marriages and actually in New Zealand child marriage is actually illegal if you’re under the age of 16 you cannot get married we’re talking about the age between 16 and 18 it is legally possible to marry when you’re 18 but there are some instances in New Zealand where children while they are children because there is 1617 and my son is 18 I still think of him as a child and to imagine that a child was younger than my child could possibly be forced into marriage and it does actually happen and you know and and it is wrong and I I commend all of the speakers you know who have spoken on this bill marriage caught consent to marriage of – amendment bill and I commend the work of the CWP and I remember having discussions of the CWP our meeting about this particular bill and I congratulate Joe for having this bill drawn from the ballot sir in New Zealand for those children between the ages of 16 and 18 who cannot get married legally they are still able to get married if they have parental consent and that’s perfectly fine but we just want to put an extra barrier just in case there abuse in the system where they actually use whether it’s actually a cultural or religious or whatever where the child themselves do not want to get married and they’re being coerced forced whether it’s actually with physical threat emotional threat financial thread sexual threat whatever it is that they are forced into a marriage they don’t actually want to consent to and we want to make sure that these children are doubly protected I mean we would like to think that all parents want to protect their children and sometimes even the parents can help themselves they’re in a situation where in there whether they’re in debt to the other family perhaps you know in a cultural context maybe they’re indebted for generations I don’t know and we’re not suggesting that those cultural practices are wrong it’s just that we need to protect our children who do not have the voice that they should have in this country and those children who are under the age of 18 who do not want to get married should not be able to get married whether even if their parents want to force them to get married we need to be able to protect these children so that there is a boundary there is a barrier for someone to force them to actually do something that they do not will or wish for it to actually happen and I think it’s wonderful to see everyone in this house agreeing to this bill and it’s it’s it’s probably the first time in a very long time that we actually agree on a particular bill and I congratulate the member and I commend the bill to the house but let us remember that you know going back a little while sorry there was I didn’t hear you there a little while ago I was just talking to my colleague next to me Paul foster belt that you know many decades ago in 1950 when the Korean War actually happened a navy and cement boys were alike so young they lied about their age and often they went to war and they fought a war when they were so young and their children who actually want to get married if they do want to get married and they want to get the consent of the parents they should also convince the court that they should also get married as well it’s just a protection mechanism that we want to put in place to make sure that those who don’t want to do it can’t do so and can’t be forced to do so thank you sir and I commend the bill to the house sorry okay David cleaning I’m sorry David I try to control me bassoon oh hey what’s up that’s hi mr. Mellott I’m sure you’re not lead down something

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