Social Assistance (Residency Qualification) Legislation Bill – Second Reading – Video 13
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Social Assistance (Residency Qualification) Legislation Bill – Second Reading – Video 13


and so I’m very proud and very honored to support the bill kyouda I call Kyra McNulty in contrast Venice pika it is a privilege to follow Joe Hayes because there’s still so much more to say madam Speaker and on the social assistance residency qualification legislation bill it is my privilege to stand here and speak in support of yet another marvelous government bill and something else that’s going to bring some equality into a system that over the last nine years one might think that the previous government might want to make some changes but now this government within its first year season issue season issue we there is some unfairness and looks to address it madam Speaker under the New Zealand superannuation and retirement income Act 2001 and the veteran support act 2014 eligible New Zealanders can receive the New Zealand superannuation and the veteran pension in what has been known and referred to tonight as the realm as a committed Republican I don’t like using that term so of course specifically we’re talking about the Cook Islands Niue a and chuckle out of course residents of these islands and we’re also residents of New Zealand should have equitable access to the New Zealand superannuation and of course veterans support but at the moment madam Speaker they do not if they were to work in New Zealand as citizens of New Zealand but residents of those three islands for ten years and then go back and spend the remainder of their time in those islands they currently would not qualify and we say that’s unfair it is unfair if they would otherwise qualify and they are New Zealand citizens living in those three Islands why should they not qualify for this and I commend the National Party it doesn’t happen often but good on them for supporting this bill I acknowledge Greg O’Connor and the comments that he made about that claiming the bills left right and center you know thinking about the good old days the good old days a few years ago we know we’re in government they’re not and they’re slowly getting used to it madam Speaker this is essentially about fairness and just looking at the details about this why did she struck me why hasn’t this been done earlier why hasn’t this done been done earlier and I wonder if it’s a case of previous governments perhaps and this isn’t a digit at any particular party but its previous government’s not necessarily having representation within them they can bring these issues forward and I acknowledge a Pacifica caucus in this government as well staunch advocates for their community and the issues that face their community and of course it’s also beyond fairness it’s about relative issues around depopulation as well as the populations of these islands the Cook Islands took allow a new a decrease relatively and of course the dice player in New Zealand continues to grow we only need to look at the previous images madam Speaker of the last weekend’s game and of rugby league Tonga vs. Australia wasn’t it wonderful to see a proud Pacific island community in this country standing there in support of their home nation playing against Australia madam Speaker we have a proud history in this country a proud connection to the Pacific particularly the three nations that we’re talking about here today whose citizens are also New Zealand citizens this bill addresses inequities in the previous system and I have no hesitation that committing this build of the house the question is that the motion be agreed to those a bad opinion will say aye to the contrary no the eye’s heathered social assistance residency qualification legislation bills second reading this bill has seeped down to a committee stage sneaks sitting day call on government order of the day number five coroner’s accessed

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