Oaths and Declarations (Members of Parliament) Amendment Bill – First Reading – Video 5
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Oaths and Declarations (Members of Parliament) Amendment Bill – First Reading – Video 5


choice of our prisoners I call the Honourable Maggie Barry thank you madam chair I rise to speak to the oaths and declaration it’s members of parliament amendment bill at its first reading I guess a bill like this is timely I think that as we are a growing and developing multicultural society we do need as the previous speaker has indicated to assist the the linguistic and the cultural differences that make us who we are today and I think that’s in that way and within that spirit and that right or I would commend the member on this bill I think that it is very important to recognize the diversity and the the issues that come with the ability to speak your own language and to understand it as the previous speaker said I guess our difficulties were that do lie in the parameters of it and you know going to a select committee which is what all do if it gets past this hurdle might well iron out some of the concerns that we have on the side of the house around it not affecting just members of parliament but the the other issues and have they been well thought through and have they not I guess defence personnel for example judges justices of the peace the others who would do virus citizenship ceremony you know something that is in their own language and then means something to them and and they understand it and it resonates with them in a way that serrão does with all New Zealanders and in my former life as a broadcaster it felt to me at many times that this was a country that was very slow to catch up with its today oh and it’s the heritage that was very much part of what makes us who we are and there was resistance at the start and perhaps at a select committee level if it goes through there will be things that can bring it to a place where we can feel comfortable with it and that it won’t open up the floodgates into things that might be a bit tricky to manage you know how many languages are we allowed at what point would they be translated at what point are they officially recognized sign language madam chair took a long time – madam Speaker took a long time to actually be recognized I don’t think it was officially acknowledged really until mm but I think in terms of its what it tells us about ourselves is something that we need to acknowledge and take hold of for for this language bill to get through in the oaths and declarations maybe a step too far at this time but I think it is paving the way to a wider conversation so while I do not support the spill in its current form I am in the member for wanting to have a firm ations of allegiance in languages other than English and in today and in sign language but I think it is something that is it is it is very important to do things in a way that is going through the due processes and bringing people with you but you have with this bill I think began a conversation which will cause us to examine things in a lot more detail therefore I come in the member but not this bill to the house I called Derek Paul I commend Speaker New Zealand first will not be supporting this bill it’s for a number of reasons most of them are

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