Minors (Court Consent to Relationships) Legislation Bill – Third Reading – Video 13
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Minors (Court Consent to Relationships) Legislation Bill – Third Reading – Video 13


but madam Speaker can i complement my previous speaker on her contribution and pick up her challenge for a male member of this Parliament to contribute the positive support for this bill it is an important step for women’s rights in New Zealand it’s an important step for young people’s rights and I also think it’s quite an important step as our country becomes more multicultural and while sticking to those important principles of recognizing and accepting diversity being clear that there are some values there transcends culture of which we need to reinforce as part of New Zealand law I am the proud parent of two daughters one of those two and 17 next week I find it unconscionable to think of a young woman that age being forced into marriage whether it’s by some misread parental obligation in forcing or whatever that comes about it is right that this Parliament is saying no to that in New Zealand and introducing the important check of our Family Court protecting young people in that situation I would do agree with those contributions that have been made by many far more capable woman colleagues on this issue that this is a form of emotional abuse it is a form of sexual abuse and sadly it can also be a form of physical abuse it’s a member of the Select Committee that considered this bill I was quite surprised and shocked maybe I have a rather naive background and my lovely corner of New Zealand in Nelson to actually realize that the are young people in the situation particularly where we have new migrant communities we young woman are being forced into marriage and into abusive relationships at a very young age I do want to acknowledge this is not entirely exclusive to new migrants there is some rather peculiar religious strict communes of the sort of glory of aware I think New Zealanders are equally uncomfortable about the forcing of young woman into relationships without them being able to enjoy the basic freedoms that we would want to see associated with New Zealand in the Select Committee consideration of this bill I found the hardest part was actually in terms of dealing with the situation of de facto relationships it is relatively easy when you’re a legislator to say you can’t get married or you can’t enter a civil union because there is a legislative and statutory process that people go through it is a whole lot more difficult when Parliament wants to get into trying to regulate as to where people might or might not have defect our relationships and when I visited my daughter at Otago University and was told about some of the people that were yet 17 years of old in equivalent of threatening situations I had some concern about how do we make sure that this legislation is practical as well as being effective in meeting its objective I do want to comment on the broader issue around how New Zealand deals with this issue of cultural tolerance because yes we want to be a country that welcomes a diverse range of countries I am one of those of the view that we are a richer country for the wide range of people that come to our country today there’s been a very significant celebration my own community of those that have from boomer as migrants as they’ve marked the 8888 of their communities in the harshness and their culture but where is that line that we need to find as a parliament between being culturally sensitive to people that may not see things in the way in which New Zealand’s own cultures have developed on the other hand being firm enough about actually know these things regardless of culture are not right and that is where this bill heads things in the right place I do want to join with others and compliment the members that have been responsible for advancing at this bill firstly our former colleague from this side of the house Jackie blue who advance this cause obviously the sponsor of the bill Joe Hayes who’s put a large amount of work into it but I also want to acknowledge a Priyanka radhakrishnan who I said on the select committee worth and I openly acknowledge your expertise your contribution you were very persuasive in persuading me of and a number of details of this bill that was more realistic and more knowledgeable than I have in that way this is a good bill the final point that I want to make in this legislation is this really challenging boundary that we have between where are people’s liberties to be able to hold different religious beliefs different family arrangements and where does Parliament draw some lines in the sand and I have to say I don’t think this is a simple area yes this particular issue has been relatively easy to draw the line at 18 but if we are to be a culturally diverse society if we are one that is going to be tolerant of religions if we’re going to be tolerant of different family arrangements that people have where does the state true in having and my early parliamentary career had a pretty controversial engagement with the exclusive Brethren community about where does our law work with their particular religious beliefs and the way in which they treat families and members of their community or whether it be the blur availa incident I still think parliament has more work to do in this area in introducing the role of the family court to protect vulnerable members of our society from some values in some particular points of view that I think the majority of New Zealanders find inappropriate as is the marriage of young people under the age of 18 so I think madam Speaker it’s entirely appropriate that Parliament tonight celebrates the passage of this bill as a long-serving parliamentarian I do pay tribute to the woman members who have championed this cause particularly those to be involved in the Commonwealth woman’s parliamentary Association it is a passage of this bill that is a reflection of the very strong large number of women that now serve in this Parliament that make sure that our country addresses issues of the sort and ensure that New Zealand values protect woman protect young people and protect the values of which New Zealanders collectively hope the question is that the motion be agreed to those of that opinion will say aye to the country no the eyes have it miners concur central relationships with the legislation bill third reading [Music] doo-doo-doo fucka Martina I call on order members order of the day number two Payton’s advancement Peyton

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