Social Assistance (Residency Qualification) Legislation Bill – Committee Stage – Part 1 – Video 4
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Social Assistance (Residency Qualification) Legislation Bill – Committee Stage – Part 1 – Video 4


vacation legislation bill in this committee stage mr. chair I called the Honorable Carmel secret mr. chair and can I just say that as the Minister for Social Development I’m really glad that we have been able to and progress this policy this piece of legislation as quickly as we have and can I say that it was a privilege to be alongside the Prime Minister and the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Cook Islands earlier this year where we had the opportunity to make the announcement that we would be moving forward with us I’m really pleased that this bill has support across the house a minister who the Honorable sorry Louise up Stern mentioned that her government had already committed to it and June last year I would disagree with that there was no commitment made and in fact and there was disappointment from our rel nation leaders because of the fact that the previous government was so slow to commit to this particular measure and but tonight the fact that they are continuing to support this piece of legislation I think does make up for that it is a common-sense thing to do and and it’s the right thing to do now one of the issues that is raised quite regularly with all of us when we travel to the Cook Islands Niue we’re probably less likely to travel on a regular basis to took a loan but when we do meet with our neighbouring leaders from those countries is the impact that depopulation has had on those particular countries and the role that New Zealand has played and that depopulation so there seems to be you know some you know a bit of midst feeling in terms of the opportunities that New Zealand has provided but also the opportunities that maybe New Zealand has had a role and removing because of depopulation as well and so by doing this it is a huge gesture and saying that actually we support those that come to New Zealand and to contribute from the round nations to be able to go back and to be able to contribute to their island nations as well and so as has been stated tonight the biggest part of what we’re discussing here is that we are removing the requirement for those from the round nations to spend the five years but after 50 and New Zealand to secure access to superannuation the requirement to still do the ten years prior to the age of 50 still exists but that five years can actually be lived and served in the realm nations many of the leaders and also business not just political leaders but business leaders community leaders and those round nations have pointed out the massive contribution that returning cook island knew where took the loans are able to make in that age range and have made in that ange range and I’ve actually met a number of people who because of their choice to go back and contribute to their home Island nation have actually been deprived access to superannuation despite having served quite often more than 10 years prior to 50 in New Zealand and so this fix is that mmm mr. Chia I’m really proud of the fact that we’ve been able to do that it really fits alongside the Minister for Foreign Affairs push for a Pacific research this is about us ensuring that we have a genuine partnership with the Pacific that we not only value the contribution that Pacific people make here but that we support Pacific people to be able to make a contribution in their own Pacific countries as well and that we listen to the requests of our Pacific neighbours with regards to what is important to them and so as has been stated in some ways this could be perceived as a small step but I certainly know that when Prime Minister Henry Poona set here on the night that we had the first reading of this particular bill that in his mind and many of the cook Island people’s mind that a company on that night that this is not a small one and they see this is a huge gesture of good faith and are really indicative of this government’s commitment to the Pacific and ensuring that we do have a true partnership with our Pacific Island countries so yes mr. Chia I’m very proud of the fact that we’ve been able to bring this bill to the house as quickly as we have and I’m also very grateful that we have support across the house for this our particular building the question is that parts one and two shooters one and two and clauses one and two stand part all those in favor say aye to the contrary no the eyes have it our members I will report this bill without amendment the house is resumed madam Speaker the committee has considered the courts matters bill and reports with amendment the committee has also considered the tribunals powers and procedures legislation bill and report it with amendment the committee has also considered the social assistance residency qualification legislation bill and reports it without amendment madam Speaker I move that the report be adopted the motion is that the report be adopted all those in favor say aye against no the eyes have it the courts metus bill the tribunal powers and procedures legislation bill and the social assistance residency qualification legislation bill are sit down for reading for third reading next sitting day call on government orders of the day number seven coroner’s access to

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