Enhancing Identity Verification and Border Processes Legislation Bill- Committee Stage – Video 1

Enhancing Identity Verification and Border Processes Legislation Bill- Committee Stage – Video 1

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and that concludes questions for our answer by Colin government order of the day number one enhancing identity verification in border processes legislation bill committee stage I declare the house in Committee for consideration of the enhancing identification verification and border processes legislation bill mr. chairman mr. speaker could I could I just ask those who are vacating upstairs to do it in silence please we wish to continue with the debates so please move out quietly thank you members the Housing Committee on the enhancing identity identity verification and border processes legislation and the questioners that plant won’t stand apart a point of order Mac do see it all parts be taken as one question leave us thought that all parts and the schedules and the clauses be taken us one question is there any objection there’s no objection the question eanes their parts 1 & 2 schedules 1 2 3 and clauses 1 & 2 stand part I call every little mr. chairman thank you for the opportunity to make some comments in this stage of the enhancing identity verification and board of processes legislation bill and as this house has heard many times it has a background and the unfortunate events of a prisoner Philip Smith or Phillip train or as he was originally known as a young child and then later became known as he absconded from New Zealand and a review of that incident led to the conclusion that although were there were some simple preventative steps that could have been taken such as a phone call to the person who was sponsoring his weekend release might have prevented that absconding event nevertheless there was or there was some benefit in changing the laws so that the authorities who are they’re managing prisoners or for their matter other people who are detained by the state and other circumstances that better access to information can be made to better manage either their detention or their temporary release or their post release conditions and so fair reason mr. chairman we have long supported this bill and so this hopefully this stage of the widgets a procedure need not detain this house too much longer I did however want to draw attention to just one or two aspects of it part one of the the bill which is fee makes the changes to the Privacy Act that’s a very important piece of legislation it’s a fundamental right that every citizen has is that information collected and gathered by the state and other authorities is used for the purpose for which it is collected and that it is properly protected but in getting the balance between the safety and security of the community particularly when it comes to prisoners and that right that fundamental rights to privacy getting that balance is important and when it comes to the safety and security of the community and the management of prisoners and those who are at risk of absconding then it is right that the threshold against which we typically sort of regard good privacy measures is is somewhat lowered or somewhat relaxed and so these changes allow the collection of information that presently is not as not mandated or authorized and also allows access to that information by agencies that presently do not have access to it it’s important when we are looking at lowering the threshold and the protections of fundamental rights like privacy that there are appropriate safeguards and it’s important to see that in this case the collection or list is the access to information this new extra information must be tied to a specified purpose and that agencies who have access to information and do get access to them that information then report on it in their in your reporting to this house I do query in Clause 6 and part 1 the new section 109 F of the Privacy Act which would allow through an order-in-council that changed to entire an entire schedule – their Privacy Act which seems to me to be going beyond a desirable exercise of that sort of power by the executive and if Parliament approves the schedule then Parliament should be the one that it means that or repeals it or otherwise changes it I simply draw their houses attention to you there part two there was a whole slew of pieces of legislation largely dealing with either the collection of information and therefore the access to it or dealing with the agencies who will have access to the new types of information to biometric information to be gathered under this this legislation and it is right that that those agencies should have access to it that their powers would be clearly spelled out that the and that there should be appropriate safeguards to it so and then they finally there is the change and part two to the victims Rights Act which creates the expediency that for victims of crime who have registered a representative who is there to take information about the perpetrator of crimes against their victim that there may be circumstances where it is not expedient to go to their representative and there were it’s important for the sake of the safety and security of their victim for the authorities to go directly to the victim to let them know there has been an escape or that there has been a person who has been released to the community or absconded and therefore pose a risk to to their victims so that is all agreed mr. chairman that is understood and it is for that reason that we will continue to support this bill I call more impunity Thank You mr. chair I stand in support of this bill today

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