Minors (Court Consent to Relationships) Legislation Bill – Third Reading – Video 7
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Minors (Court Consent to Relationships) Legislation Bill – Third Reading – Video 7


good evening Nimbus we are on the third reading of the – Court consent to relationships legislation and bill did knock we’re generally and it’s a huge honor to get to stand and mark this occasion which is a really significant moment in New Zealand’s history and I would like to acknowledge add my voice of acknowledgement to Joe Hayes for bringing the bill to this point and I think I said and my second reading speech and I’ll say it again you have brought us all to this point and that is no small achievement to get a bill passed as one thing but to bring the house together in support of a piece of legislation is very significant and I want to acknowledge you and the Commonwealth women parliamentarians and of course their wonderful dr. Jackie blue for all of your work to bring us this piece of legislation and to the point of passing it in a United Way this evening and of course it’s important too to acknowledge shark see who have been acknowledged by many speakers this evening where they they brought this issue to public attention and it is where they were been telling us for many years that our response to Family Violence wasn’t meeting the particular dynamics or that many of the women that they were supporting were experiencing and that they identified significant gaps in our legislation and forced marriage and particularly forced marriage of girls were particular holes they have also brought to our attention dowry abuse as well as if GM so I want to really acknowledge their work and note that this piece of legislation is significant in improving our collective response to domestic violence and I again will acknowledge the member Priyanka Radhakrishna for her important academic work in this space from when she was working at shark see that clearly defined this issue as an issue of domestic violence and that it is not an issue of religion because there is no major religion in the world that supports this practice and it is not a matter of culture because there is significant variation and the dynamics of domestic violence across socio-economic groups and this is therefore cannot be considered to be a culturally bound issue however we do know that certain populations and groups of young women are more likely to experience these dynamics around family violence and it is really important that we listen to their experiences and respond appropriately as legislators and as parliamentarians so it’s fantastic to see that happening tonight as has been mentioned by others that this is not a huge issue there are not thousands of young women being affected by this but the truth is we don’t exactly know the scale of the problem and sharks D over I think a five-year period taught have talked about working with about 300 and cases of forced marriage so that’s not necessarily exclusively young women but does give us a sense because of course that’s not going to be all of the cases we know that in terms of refuge that they will only see I think about 10% of the cases of family violence across the country so we know that this is likely to be more significant than what the numbers tell us particularly in relation to forced marriage that there are the states New Zealand identified 282 16 and 17 year-olds who were recorded as being as married in the 2016 and data so there is a specific population that we need to make sure that we are meeting their needs and protecting in fact so this bill I do want to acknowledge the work of the Select Committee as well in really grateful in with some gnarly issues I think in relation to the bill and I personally felt that it was significantly strengthened as a personal opinion I would have loved to have seen and maybe that’s the next step that we said no to marriages of 16 and 17 year olds . but the bill certainly went beyond marriage and included de facto and civil union relationships and i think of course when we think about that our human rights legislations is that they shouldn’t be discrimination on the basis of marital status and makes sense that we should broaden this legislation and ensure that protection for our girls in de facto and civil union relationships and i also understand that there you know there is a particular we’re marriages may not be formalized within our legal system but culturally sanctioned that would not necessarily have been covered by the bill in its first form so I think that is particularly important and that what it will mean is that the judge will need to consider whether the girls abled they and they want the marriage and that they fully understand the implications for their life of getting married at that time and I think they are very important considerations but even more than that the judge will also be required to consider be assured of the free will and to assess whether the marriage is in the best interests of that girl taking into account her age and maturity taking in the views of parents and guardians and wider information including cultural reports which is as part of this and that there will be legal advice and representation available for these young women and I do think while taking in the advice from parents and their viewpoints is important it is the major shift that as our law at the moment allows marriage for 16 and 17 year olds with parental consent that it is really important that we are putting that in the context and whether now with ensuring judicial oversight of that because as we’ve heard from young woman recently talking about how at the rally that shark co-organized just a few weeks ago a young woman talking about how saying in quotes I know that listening to your parents seems like the right thing to do but it was wrong talking about who appear forcing her into a marriage she did not want to inter and we tell with young people all the time that you need to listen to your parents you need to do what your parents tell you it’s one of those things but when there’s violence at hand and views that take away and have lifetime consequences for those young women actually we need to be able to intervene and be able to say actually no it is not appropriate what your parents are asking you to do you have free will and I spoken the first reading of forced marriages as a form of slavery where there is an effect state sanctioned rape and binding of girls to lives of degradation and that is something that we all need to stand against and I want to congratulate Joe Hayes again and this house for coming together and making that stand and another step towards a society free of domestic violence for every one I call Priyanka radhakrishnan Speaker it is such a privilege to stand and take

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