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

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

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the time for this debate has expired I call on government order of the day number one enhancing identity verification and board a processes legislation bill third reading mr. speaker the Honorable me Mr Speaker I move that the enhancing identity verification and border processes legislation bill be now read a third time mr. speaker this bill is designed to ensure that the agencies tasked with managing offenders and monitoring our borders have the right information at the right time the bill will improve public safety by providing these agencies with real-time access to identity information that is unalterable and is up to date before I discuss the bill and the changes the law renauldi and Lauren audit committee has recommended I think it’d be useful to remind this house how the 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 without a 74 our temporary released from prison he was able to board a plane for Chile using a passport he had obtained issued under his birth name Philip John Traynor he had a ticket for onward traveled to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil where he remained at Lodge for four days before he was recognized and deported back to New Zealand of course this is totally unacceptable the Philip Smith inquiry was established in order to investigate the events and processes which had led to mr. Smith’s escape the inquiry found that there were some vulnerabilities in the system that had failed to prevent mr. Smith escaping many of these vulnerabilities were operational and have already been addressed through a sector wide strengthening of processes the remaining weaknesses require our required legislative amendments which are contained in this bill I want to recognize those who made submissions during the Select Committee process I also want to take the opportunity to thank once more the law and order committee for its diligent consideration and the number of valuable recommendations it’s made to strengthen the bill I want to highlight two of those recommendations in particular as they relate to the way we support victims of crime under the current law a victim or their representative is notified if the person who offended against them escapes from prison or absconds from home detention the committee recommended that victims should also be notified in situations where the offender escapes temporary release a second recommendation related to situations where a representative is to receive notifications on the victims behalf but then cannot be reached the committee considered that police and corrections should have the discretion to endure two victims directly when their safety is at risk these two clauses represent small but significant changes we can make to ensure the safety of victims our Julie incorporated into the bill Mr Speaker I now turn to the substantive elements of the bill it represents a move towards a single shared record of information about offenders for law and border enforcement agencies this record will shift away from reliance on name and date of birth records as the principal method of identity verification and instead make greater use of biometrics such as fingerprints facial recognition and iris scans by taking a hold of system approach to offender identification and management we can ensure that the right information is accessible to frontline agencies at every touchpoint of the criminal justice system and out to the border the bill is focused on enabling offenders identities to be quickly and accurately established by authorizing specified agencies to collect and share this identity information this will ensure offenders comply with the conditions of their sentences and do not mislead a public seek to agencies or cross the border without authorization as an example Corrections will be able to access biometric information collected by police and real-time to verify that a person reporting for a community based sentence is who they say they are the same information can then be accessed again by customs to identify offenders like Philip Smith if they were to attempt to depart New Zealand in addition the bill will give key agencies access to both deaths and marriages information and the database of driver’s license photographs for Laura purposes these forms of identity information are central to ensuring law enforcement officers can be certain they know the identity of the person presenting before them Mr Speaker I want to emphasize the fact that the sharing of this personal information will be safeguarded by legislative protections built into the bill the types of information that can be shared at the agencies that can access it the purposes for which it can be accessed or for other purposes specified in the bill to ensure that the agencies do not overstep their mandate the law and order committee also recommended that agencies be required to report annually on the sharing that takes place under the bill this recommendation has been adopted to bolster agency accountability and public confidence Mr Speaker I am pleased that this bill has enjoyed widespread support as it passed through the health stages the changes contained in this bill are vitally important to ensuring public safety and will significantly improve the quality and use of identity information across the justice and border sectors I commend the bill to the House members the question is that the motion of the agreed to Andrew little Thank You mr. Speaker I rise to continue

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