Minors (Court Consent to Relationships) Legislation Bill – Committee Stage – Part 1 – Video 1

Minors (Court Consent to Relationships) Legislation Bill – Committee Stage – Part 1 – Video 1

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[Applause] order I call on members of order of the day number 2 – call consent – relationships legislation bill committee stage I declare the Hansen Committee for consideration of the minors court consent to relationships with legislation bill madam chair the houses and Committee on the miners caught consent to relationships legislation bill the question is about one stand part I call how duty he Punggol thank you madam chair I stand to take this brief call in relation to the matter before the committee now the miners Court consent to relationships legislation build again I acknowledge my colleague Joe Hayes as the sponsor for this bill and when I last addressed the house I signaled that this is no minor matter although the emphasis is on our miners our young people 16 and 17 who have been the subject of being forced into marriages so I acknowledged not only my colleague Joe Hayes but the fact that this bill does as a private member’s bill has cross-party support its proposing changes to the Marriage Act 1955 and the care of children Act 2004 seeking to ensure that all minors who are to marry do so with the family courts under pendent sanction in other words rather than parental consent previously the consent of a family court judge after testing and hearing evidence and also with the mutual and voluntary consent of the young persons those young persons who may have been predisposed to forcible or forced marriage so it’s about ensuring that the young person’s entering into what will be a legally recognised marital status or marital relationship but also one of a de facto relationship as was the main vents that have been proposed by the Justice select committee ensuring that they are free of duress coercion manipulation and influence of others so in my address to the house previously I talked about the importance of the protections and the safeguards that are outlined under this act and that it aligns very much with other procedural family court safeguards and ensuring that those who have been the most vulnerable become the least vulnerable under this legislation so the bill aims to reduce the risk of minors being forced into marriage by requiring that family court judge consent so moving along the bill also is about preventing the possibility of the forced marriage and I talked about replacing the parental consent with that independent judicial scrutiny and determination by a family court judge talked about putting in place protections for those vulnerable and the aged 16 to 17 year olds and also just speaking from experience previously it’s called appointed lawyer for children and also representing those who are vulnerable I referred to the care of children Act but also it aligns very much with the protection of personal property rights acts as well in terms of that under pendant scrutiny and assessment determination by a family court judge when this medic came before the Select Committee there have been some amendments that have been proposed and in summary those amendments first of all were around the title of the bill and that’s been accepted and endorsed I understand so a further amendment that comes about as proposed as addressing the status of civil unions and de facto relationships so the committee has recommended that the bill be amended her we are on part one perdant part one of the bill part one of the bill right so the in referring to part one of the building madam chair I’d got ahead of myself but the amendments true that is around the as I said the title to the bill and then looking through that it talks about I’ve addressed before the house the age and that the court may appoint lawyers and proceedings so in referencing that the court will seek the independent consent of the young person but to ensure that there is no duress or coercion there is the ability for the independent appointment of counsel to assist the court and to also represent the young person’s affected be that the male or the female or both and also the judge may obtain a cultural report in terms of determining and assessing the necessity of those cultural aspects and aspirations in relation to entering this relationship so noting the time on the clock madam chair I have addressed very specter of the bill in terms of part 1 before we proceed to part 2 thank you a point of order Barbara Kruger booth they’re all parts of the debate be taken as one question I see leave sorry to that all parts of the debate be taking this one question before I put the leaf of the house I just want to remind members that that lead should be sought at the beginning of the debate and and given that condition leave us all for their purposes there any disagreement with a course of action they appears to be none thank you I called Nicola Wallace I rise to speak on the minors Court

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