Enhancing Identity Verification and Border Processes Legislation Bill- Second Reading – Video 1

Enhancing Identity Verification and Border Processes Legislation Bill- Second Reading – Video 1

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this villas sit down for committee stage next sitting de Paul on government order of the day number three enhancing and enhancing identity verification and border processes legislation bill second reading I know I know you’re on a high but there’s a process the Honorable David Lucas I move that the enhancing identity verification and border processes legislation bill be now read a second time mr. speaker the changes in this bill uphold public safety and help to ensure that offenders meet the sentences on conditions placed upon them the bill enables better information flows between key agencies so that offenders can be effectively identified within the criminal justice system and out to the border this bill is part of the government’s wide a response to the inquiry into the escape of Philip Smith Traynor the spill complements the implementation of better operational practices that has occurred across the justice sector following the event I’d like to begin by thanking the law and order committee for its diligent consideration of this bill the committee has recommended it proceed with amendments before I discuss the bill and the changes the law and order committee has remitted recommended I would like to remind you about that how this bill came about Philip Smith was convicted of murder child sex offending extortion and kidnapping in 1996 and sentenced to life imprisonment in November 2014 while on a 74 our temporary released from prison he was able to board a plane bound for Chile using a passport he had obtained issued under his birth name Philip John Trainor he had a ticket for onward travel to Rio de Janeiro and Brazil where he remained at large for four days before he was recognized and deported back to New Zealand I want to reiterate that this is totally unacceptable the Philip Smith inquiry was established in order to investigate the events and processes which enabled mr. Smith’s escape in addition to highlighting some operational weaknesses and law enforcement and border processes the inquiry identified a series of legislative gaps in the way that information particularly identity information is shared and managed between key justice sector agencies the purpose of this bill is to address these legislative gaps and ensure that justice sector agencies can effectively and efficiently perform their functions related to law enforcement I would like to briefly touch on some of the key provisions of the bill first the bill allows specific agencies to share real-time information with one another in order to verify the identity of individuals who are subject to the justice system the bill specifies the circumstances in which this verification can take place these circumstances are key situations where identification is needed to ensure an individual complies with these sentence provisions and does not mislead public sector agencies for example the department of internal fears will be able to verify the identity of anyone who applies for a passport by accessing identity information from police and corrections Philip Smith’s use of an alias highlighted the need to anchor identity verification on unalterable information this bill accordingly enables certain public sector agencies to collect use and share a variety of range of information including biometrics such as fingerprints a third key change contained in the bill will enable key agencies to exist the driver license database and information of our booths with at marriages civil unions and name changes for the purpose of protecting the public and enforcing our laws Mr Speaker I would like to now bring to your attention the changes that the Law & Order Committee has recommended to the bill the committee has a recommendations relating to the collection and management of biometric information the first of these is a recommendation that purposes for which biometric information can be collected be expanded to include the management of offenders and protection of Public Safety this would be in addition to the two other purposes already included in the bill namely identifying offenders at the border and preventing offenders from leaving New Zealand without written consent from a probation officer the committee has also recommended expanding the scope of the bill so that offenders undertaking community work can be required to submit to the collection of their biometric information offenders undertaking community work and not subject to the biometric information provisions as introduced but the committee found it logical to allow this collection in order to align a treatment of all offenders serving sentences or community work orders the committee has also made recommendations relating to the management of offenders seeking to leave the country the bill has introduced would require any offenders serving a sentence of supervision to get written consent from the probation probation officer before leaving the country this would require a border alert when any one of these offenders attempted to leave the country so customs could check that they had required consent with around 8,000 offenders subject to supervision sentences at the end of last year the committee considered this would put too much strain on border processes and has recommended that this requirement be removed the final recommendations that I would like to highlight relate how and when a victim of the offender is alerted should an offender escape there is legislative requirement that we insert an offender’s escaped from prison orbs gone from home detention their victim or a representative of a victim be notified for their safety the committee has recommended that this requirement be extended to instances where an offender responds from temporary release like Philips method the committee has also recommended that we are a victim has nominated a representative to those alerts on their behalf that that represented and that representative can’t be reached police and corrections should be able to alert victims directly where their safety is at risk this is because I am happy to support the committee’s recommendations regarding the bill they strengthen the ability of justice sector agencies to verify identify and ensure that an incident like the Philip Smith escape does not happen again I would like to thank the committee for its work throughout the consideration of the bill I commend this bill to the house the question is that the motion be agreed to call Colonel Jackson Bakshi Thank You mr. speaker for

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