Minors (Court Consent to Relationships) Legislation Bill – Third Reading – Video 11
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Minors (Court Consent to Relationships) Legislation Bill – Third Reading – Video 11


I really come in this bow to the house madam Speaker I call the Honorable Louise upstone thank you madam Speaker and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to speak in this third reading of the minors consent to relationships legislation bill and for those that may have just started watching this yes absolutely piece has broken out in Parliament doesn’t happen too often but for those of you who may have just started watching or listening this is a members day in the members day bill process as often I think derided at times in public arena but madam Speaker I think today is a wonderful example of the impact that a member’s bill can have and I want to talk about a number of those impacts the first is of course when a member of parliament list or electorate raises an issue brings the voice of a group to Parliament and that is the job and each of each and every one of us in this house and there will be many many MPs who never ever have the opportunity to have a member’s bill pulled from the ballot but I want to start by giving paying a tribute to dr. Jackie blue who was responsible for bringing that voice initially to Parliament and the drafting of this legislation and the unfortunate reality of the ballot when you have perhaps a 1 an 80 chance of getting a member’s bill bill pulled is that her work set in the ballot for many years and I’m really pleased that Joe Hayes was the member in charge of the bill when it did get its lucky day and we do talk about the luck of the draw but at the end of the day the legislation that we will pass here in its third reading today will have a massive and picked on a very vulnerable group of young New Zealanders so in terms of this this members bill I think there’s a number of things that are quite unique about it and quite special and one has been mentioned before but I want to bring that back to the houses attention in terms of the support by the Commonwealth women’s parliamentarians group because too often what the public see of this house is not peace its everything but and there are occasions like this where through the patience of a member who has passed the baton to another in this instance their patience and their perseverance means they are able to bring about real change and the difference madam Speaker and this one has been the unanimous support that has been very significantly led and championed by the Commonwealth women’s parliamentarians and it’s not a group that probably most members of the public are even aware of but there are a number of cross parliamentary groups that their focus on issues that are agreed on as opposed to issues where we don’t agree don’t often make the light of day but this is one fantastic example and Joe Hayes I want to congratulate you on bringing this to the house and and it does take a huge amount of work and shepherding a member’s bill through the Parliament and I would say this is my tenth year in Parliament there has been very very few that have had the unanimous support of the house so that in itself madam Speaker deserves to be on the record in one of one of the other comments that a number of speakers before me have talked about is bringing what has been a very hidden issue to the surface and members before me have talked about that you know the fact that New Zealand has a quite a despicable record in terms of family violence and I can’t think of any greater level of coercion that would occur within a family then parents forcing 16 or 17 year old to marry to enter and what has seen to be a life long commitment with no freedom attached and as many members before me have reflected on their own families and I think of my daughter approaching the age of 15 it’s quite hard to reflect on the fact that unfortunately although fortunately smaller number in this country we do have parents that would force their children into marriage so you know one of the challenges in this in this legislation was looking at you know how many people how many how many young people are affected by this legislation and it’s very hard to put a number on and the very fact that the New Zealand Parliament has a members bill process and has the ability for what may be seen by some as a small group of New Zealanders but they absolutely deserve the protection of our laws like every other New Zealand er so whether it’s an issue that affects ten or a hundred six or six sixteen or seventeen year olds a year or tens of thousands they deserve the time of this house and I’m very pleased and very honored to be able to say that we are delivering for them today because we are delivering protection that will change the course of the future and what better use of parliamentary time then to do that the other thing that I want to speak about madam Speaker as is the fact that we we do have you know we’ve seen significant amount of work in the Family Violence space and we we made progress under our time and pleased that the current government is also picking up the baton in running hard with it because we need new zealanders need them too and there’s one particular a quest that I do want to put on the record madam Speaker and that is the family and far no violence legislation they’re very much influenced by Joe Hayes’s work was the fact that we put into that legislation the fact that would be an offense so the coercion to marry was listed as an offense which is yet another piece of the protections that we think necessary and but this isn’t this isn’t a day for politics madam Speaker this is a day for Parliament agreeing on an issue that absolutely protects a number of young mostly woman but men as well 16 and 17 year olds I think the other thing that I want to put on record madam Speaker is is the importance of New Zealand being an early adopter of this sort of legislation so yes I understand that there is similar law in Australia but I reflect on the 11th Commonwealth woman’s ministers meeting that I attended in RP Assam war in 2016 and this was an issue that was debated by the countries present and just as New Zealand led the way a hundred and twenty-five years ago giving women the right to vote this Parliament does have a responsibility and leading the way in legislation that does advanced woman that doesn’t advance gender equality that does does advance not just the interests but very fundamental rights of young New Zealanders so this is a proud day for Joe Hayes for Jackie blue but for this Parliament and I think that it is a day that we can you know very tangibly see the importance of the work we do the importance of our cross parliamentary groups that do mean we’re able to traverse sometimes areas that have been controversial I don’t think there was much controversy in this one but to be able to be here today madam Speaker and to pass legislation that means 16 and 17 year olds will have protection from parents that may have attempted to force them into marriage by requiring the approval of the family court I think is indeed a proud day for each unit for each every one of us but more importantly history making for young New Zealanders who will be at the benefit of it thank you madam Speaker I call Anna HeLa Colonel Mata Hosoi Suki Khurana team Anna fuccbois it is an absolute proof

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