Family and Whānau Violence Legislation Bill – Second Reading – Video 3

Family and Whānau Violence Legislation Bill – Second Reading – Video 3

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on the actual piece of legislation and front of us madam Speaker I call the Honourable Stewart mesh thank you madam Speaker obviously I’m standing in support of the family found our violence bill but I madam Speaker I think you’ll have to allow me just two seconds to say that I I think that mr. little is actually one of the most committed ministers in a generation to solve the scourge that is family violence madam Speaker what I would like to say is that all the justice sector ministers meet every week formally that’s that’s minister Davis for Corrections myself for police minister little for justice minister Co for youth justice to talk about action planes we need to put in place how we can all work together as a government to solve the issue there is domestic violence gen Logie you will find no no one more committed in this country let alone in Parliament to deal with the scourge that is domestic violence so I do not doubt the previous speakers commitment to also coming up with solutions to domestic violence and I don’t think anyone would question mark the Honorable mark Mitchell’s credibility in this we know he’s in the explai sment and he’s probably seen a lot of the the effects and the of domestic violence but what I would really like to say is I’m sorry we now we’re now onto the third speaker and we’re still debating the same stuff what’s happened has happened but we have a bill in front of us and I made it very clear we’re going to be debating the bill point of order does not come to the bill then I will have to sit him down point of order madam Speaker for the last for the last four minutes of the previous speakers speech he said he ran he had a real go at the Minister of Justice and I think as a minute as one of the justices ministers I have a right to defend no Minister you’ve already previous to that had a minister who had to take the call who clearly doesn’t know what the bill was actually doing and we had almost ten of a general speech given genuinely by the member about domestic violence I made it very clear where one all we’re now going to address the bill well madam Speaker what does this bill actually do damn good question and obviously that Minister has that formulas has no idea what the know you’ve done mister what this bill actually does is it seeks to break the pattern of family violence and reduce harm and costs and flipped it on those who suffer violence and wider New Zealand society including increasing the link in the needs assessments and services but more regular recording Family Violence are pending in the criminal justice system enabling the introduction of codes of practice and new information sharing provisions well how bad are things let me tell you how bad things are at the moment the police every single year attend about a hundred and twenty-five thousand domestic violence incidences in the past they would spend about five or ten minutes on each instance now they’re spending up to two hours in each instance this is taking a substantial amount of police time a substantial amount of police time in for dr. Smith to say that is absolute rubbish I am happy to organize a briefing I am happy to organize a briefing from police for dr. Smith about how seriously they take this and what they are actually doing I actually believe but most people believe that family violence is our nation’s shame it really is 500,000 instances of family violence five hundred thousand five hundred thousand of her family harnesses committed every year and we need to do something about it and one thing that I would love more than anything is for Parliament to come together to work to work as a hundred and twenty MPs to come up with a solution and this is a good bill I’m not saying that this is a bad bill this is a good bill but it is a start there is no such thing it’s a silver bullet around solving the scourge that is domestic violence the spill acknowledges madam Speaker the early interventions that the early intervention is key to addressing family violence in the need to identify in risks before they escalate to cause serious harm early intervention helps disrupt what we now know as a pattern of behavior and relationships what we now know for example is a child’s brain is wired differently if they have grown up in a house where balance is prevalent their brain is wired this is whole fight to versus flight and and I do agree that growing up in a household of family violence is no excuse for then becoming a perpetrator but what we do know madam Speaker is that those who have been victims of family violence and certainly those who have grown up around family violence are more likely to become perpetrators we need to break the cycle and there is a lot of work to be done madam Speaker of that there is no doubt changing legislation and amending pieces amending different X is important there is no doubt about that and this is an ongoing challenge that we will all face and I know Minister John Logie is spending an an ordinate of time and effort and energy driving the change that we need to see but this is only part of it and I agree with Minister CEO that as well as legislation as well as what this bill does is Alexy change it actually will take and attitudinal change in our communities and that is saying it’s not acceptable I know we’ve seen the ads and this sort of stuff but it’s a little bit more than that it’s when you’re hearing the screaming from the neighbors next door instead of pulling the curtains and going nothing to do with me you actually call the police and one thing I would say madam speaking and I know the form of the speaker was a former minister of police is that the police are taking this incredibly seriously these days I have said in in an is our panel and I have seen how into agencies work together to try and come up with solutions on how we’re going to put programs in place to stop perpetrators going on and and and significantly into murdering people in fact since is our has been going in Christchurch no one has died from family vans now I would just like to I know you’ve given direction speaking but I would just like to say to the former to the former speaker that is our program is still operating there are still five months to go until the end of the year we have not said we’re not going to continue with this pilot but what we have said is that any program it’s Ben’s taxpayers money has to be evidence-based and there is a we are evaluating this program at the moment and if it comes out madam Speaker that it is a good use of taxpayers money that it is really making a difference in the space and it can continue to make a difference then I have no doubt that Jan Logie will present something to us to say she recommends this continues I have no doubt about this but it has got to be evidence-based but please madam Speaker and even one let’s think I would not like to the people to get the impression that this is no longer happening I would also really reiterate that we are completely committed to this police are absolutely committed this in fact police fund I saw out of their own budget please fund for nya out of their own budget because every single year police say a hundred and twenty four thousand instances of family harm and it is not acceptable anymore it really isn’t so as mentioned we can change legislation and that’s good and that is good that we can work together in a way because this was a former administration’s bill which move made a few changes select committees made a few changes there’s been an SOP that’s been tabled and we will work together minister little extended an invitation across the house to the to the opposition spokesperson for police for justice and for Corrections and said come along and hear what people have to say we would welcome your input so he extended an olive branch in a way that I haven’t seen in my time in this house and I just do hope that we can work together as a parliament to you know to do something about the scourge that is domestic violence and I have absolutely no doubt I don’t want to speak on behalf of undersecretary Loki but I have no out there if those from the opposition parties are keen to participate in a meaningful and constructive way then we will absolutely welcome welcome their input because madam Speaker this is something that we do need to get to the bottom off and it’s not going to happen overnight there is absolutely no doubt about that in fact as mentioned this is going to take generational change but it is one of those things madam Speaker that if we bury a hidden the sand and say it’s all too hard then we do the communities we serve a massive disservice so we of course we support this bill of course we are going to implement everything in this bill but there was a lot more to do in fact this is only the beginning thank you very much LM speaker I call Chris efficient well thank you very much madam Speaker this is a really important

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