Family and Whānau Violence Legislation Bill – First Reading – Video 12

Family and Whānau Violence Legislation Bill – First Reading – Video 12

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I call it was a wall Tina quit among high or too fat it’s my pleasure to speak on this the family and far no violence legislation bill unless it’s fierce reading I’m a proud member of our justice and electoral select committee so I look forward to scrutinizing the passage of this legislation through the house I too want to pick up on the title of the bill and just make some comments about the relationship between family violence and sexual violence and a lot of people won’t know that woman who experienced family violence eighty percent of them also experienced sexual violence if I’m already putting to this house a proposition that this should be the family in sexual violence bill I do want to commend Minister Adams for her leadership of this issue to date she’s been very generous are and who collaboration across the house and so I do feel this as an area where we have cross-party support frequently creating something that is going to make a difference and I want to commend all the speakers before me because I think we’ve kind of traversed the variety of opinion about how important this piece of legislation is as a member of the Commonwealth woman parliamentarians and equally for the last five years I’ve co-chaired that group initially with dr. Jacob Lew I want to acknowledge my colleague Joe Heiser who’s in the house today and also more imp you who’s just taken over that responsibility on behalf of the National Party a letter that we actually put out on the eighteenth of September 2015 and we noted our support for global election petition girls not brides it was being presented to the United Nations and I want this house to acknowledge that eighty percent of the mp’s in this house pledge to end child brides so one of the particular issues that I’m i know we are all incredibly passionate about and that Joe Hayes his bill and the ballot under and it’s titled marriage thought consent to marriage of minors amendment well actually is related to some of the changes that the minister is proposing in this legislation around cohesion to marry so collision by definition is about persuading by using force or threat persuade someone to do something or coerce them to do something one of the missing elements and the section and this piece of legislation actually is to give a fit to Joe Hayes bail and net bill originally was dr. Jackie blues bill I note that called it who is he headed in her name when she was in the house and now Joe Hayes has that bill and I want to put on record that this house would support specific amendment to the marriage act in addition to some of the other legislative changes to ensure that 16 and 17 year olds with the consent of the court only can get married at the moment it’s with the consent of parents but given that section of the legislation is about cohesion to marry we actually should recognize it in some circumstances that that coercion is by parents of their children was particularly highlighted by the National Council of women and 2013 and by the United Nations at New Zealand had to do something about this particular issue and so I’m hoping through this process we will get consensus to make that particular amendment I also would like to highlight that in the collision to marry area there are actually some other issues and those issues are relevant to and it’s good to see the Minister of Immigration in the house to international marriage a lot of New Zealanders won’t know but there’s about 400 partnership visas issued every year these are new zealand residents or citizens who go over mostly to india and get married and under a partnership visa their wife or spouse is allowed to stay in New Zealand after a year the husband Lynn has the opportunity to apply on behalf of their wife for permanent residency but in some situations that application is not done and we know women who are living an incredibly abusive situations who end up fling to provide us such as shark d because the family violence is so intolerable that they actually end up risking the whole life they get alienated from their families they get disowned by their communities but it’s an issue that we need to deal with and that I want to put on the table because one of the other issues that our cross-party women’s group did was write to the Minister of Immigration and asked whether or not this was a form of trafficking because from our perspective women have been coerced into coming to New Zealand they end up being slaves in their own homes I’m not allowed to leave and so I expect that this piece of legislation will provide an opportunity for us to deal with that particular issue i also want to put on the table that is a cross-party group that actually has been the only issue that we as women across the house have identified as an area of collaboration and so one of the other issues that needs to be addressed in terms about international marriage context is around dairy abuse and also on a based abuse and we have had instances and New Zealand where women have been burned and suffered acid attacks so if we have a future-proof our legislation we think these are also issues that should be created under a new section of the bill titled international marriage from a personal perspective I’d like to highlight some of the issues and my electorate and particularly with the ability to get protection orders so I’m doing so I’d like to acknowledge our Women’s Refuge who do a fantastic job of advocating for our woman who need protection orders so this piece of legislation when it goes through will now allow a woman’s refuge and other third-party NGOs to apply on behalf of women to get those protection orders so for all intents and purposes we take the issue of educational issues about having to fill in the forms or resource issues because people don’t have access to lawyers to complete these forms on the half so we will have greater action access to protection orders but what are the other things I want to put on the table is the ability for the police to apply for protection orders on behalf of victims and for those protection orders not to be contested because I have a particular constituent who was going through the process of getting a protection order and the person that she was getting that protection order against actually fought here every step of the way and made it incredibly difficult for her to get her protection order and so I think of the police actually think it’s serious enough and i’m looking at my colleagues jinesh who leads that particular area i’m half of our caucus that is in sop that i think with consultation with the police we can also advocate for just in summary I would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge all the providers who work in this area in South Auckland and I know my colleagues saw I hope it’ll William seal and I have for the last three or four years now being invited to our white ribbon dinner that’s been run by sofa all Teodor family violence prevention Network raehwan banner georgia arte and people who every day of the week advocating and ensuring that those families who are living in family violence situations have the support that they require mr. speaker I’d also like to acknowledge ganden Abbas who actually have created another opportunity that’s embedded in this legislation for the police to be supported through their police safety orders and now having community providers who are able to take men for up to five days so they allow the women and children to stay at home and the men are then given accommodation and support through these other providers in gardenia versus one of them I also would like to finally acknowledge the work of our police I think our police do an incredible job to keep not only children family safe but also community safe and I know that our police are doing a lot of work to make sure that services are wrapped around families and that we ensure that families who come into the system given all the support that they require so that we can actually start addressing some of the cycles of family violence that heaven in our community so this isn’t a very important piece of legislation and I look forward to being part of the process and encourage as many people as possible to make submissions Thank You mr. speaker I call Chum McIndoe

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