Enhancing Identity Verification and Border Processes Legislation Bill- Committee Stage – Video 5

Enhancing Identity Verification and Border Processes Legislation Bill- Committee Stage – Video 5

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Asian that we will continue to support this bill our Honorable Amy Adams mr. chairman thank you I look I will take a brief call on the enhancing identity verification and border processes legislation bill and firstly can I begin by thanking the Lauren or the Select Committee that did work very well and very constructively on what is an important part of our law enforcement framework I think the the circumstances that lead to to this piece of work and the inquiry around the escape of Philip John Smith well-known it’s a matter that certainly sticks out in my mind I had been the Minister of Justice for just a few weeks and was immediately presented with the situation and of course your first instinct is to identify what is what has gone wrong in the system to allow it to happen and what needs to be put in play to stop it happening and what became clear very very quickly was that a number of both practice and legislative barriers that stopped agencies working and the way we might expect would be the case and mr. speaker mr. chairman when we find that in fact our agencies like Corrections doesn’t feel able to share information with border agencies around who shouldn’t who shouldn’t leave the country and when we find there is legal uncertainty about the ability to leave the country and when we find that an offender and manipulative offender is able to manipulate our name register systems and our identity verification system to his own ends it very quickly became clear that we had to look at our frameworks in New Zealand to ensure it doesn’t happen again that’s why of course that there was a inquiry institution to look into these issues but I think it is worth making the point that this wasn’t just an inquiry looking into a single escape and what needed to have happened to stop that particular set of circumstances what that circumstance on what that situation did mr. chairman was identify a need to look more broadly and how we thought about identity verification across our whole law enforcement and border system and how information sharing needed to be set up to facilitate those systems working that’s what the inquiry was asked to look at and they recommended to this house that the the system needed a stick change to use their words it wasn’t a question of some small incremental tweaks there was a recognition that our systems from dia from births deaths and marriages from the police through the courts through just through corrections right through our broader agencies needed to be comprehensively rethought and redesigned and it also reflected mr. speaker our mr. chairman a very prescient observation which is that name records are not sufficient in the current environment to properly protect and understand who we are dealing with I think it is the expectation of New Zealanders that the system is able to know with a high degree of confidence who they’re dealing with but that isn’t able to be defeated by something as simple as a name change or using different legal names to carry out their behavior it shouldn’t be sufficient to enable offenders to have several identities which they can operate at their will and certainly it’s not sufficient that we can have a breakdown between our law enforcement processes and our border agencies and mr. speaker that is what this is designed to do the inquiry came up with 39 substantive recommendations of which the government accepted all of them 22 of those related and the main to Corrections operational practice which have all been fully implemented and NIR in place but as I mentioned earlier a number of them talked to the stic change required between the ways we access things like the births deaths and marriages record like the real-time ability for our law enforcement our professionals to have access to identity verification like the ability to be able to verify an offender at one stage in their life and have a single source of truth about who they are as they flow through the system and mr. speaker this will give a fit to that it is an important part of our framework and I commend it to the house members we move to the vote first we have the minister’s amendments as set out on SOP number 344 and the question is that the amendments be agreed to those of that opinion will say aye to the contrary no the eyes have it the question now is are parts 1 & 2 schedules 1 2 3 & clauses 1 in 2 as amended stand part those of that opinion will say aye to the contrary no the eyes our reporters bill with amendment so so do I need a tempura speaker Oh mr. chairman mr. speaker the committee has considered the enhancing identity identity verification and board a process as a regional legislation bill and reports that with amendment Mr Speaker I move that the report be adopted the question is that the report be adopted those of that opinion will say aye to the contrary No the eyes have it the bill is set down for further consideration presently the bill is set down for third reading next sitting day I call on government orders of the day numbers two and three courts matters bill first reading

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