Minors (Court Consent to Relationships) Legislation Bill – Third Reading – Video 10

Minors (Court Consent to Relationships) Legislation Bill – Third Reading – Video 10

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a way that our vulnerable become the least vulnerable killed at a time I called Joe clucksten madam chair I’m actually really really proud to be able to stand and take a call on this the third reading of the minors Court consent to relationships legislation bill now I was not part of the Select Committee that heard from submitters around this but I have spoken to this on a few occasions now and the one thing when I look back on the times that I have spoken on this bill and it’s something that the Honorable maker Barry seed when she referred to this situation is often being the untold story in actually at the time they made me feel quite emotional when she said there and I had to think why on earth why does it really you know target my heartstrings that make me feel quite emotional when she said there and I think it’s probably the fact is being said in the house tonight that you’re those those who are mothers might look at their daughters or sons potentially you know and and and elv this age group I think to myself as a 16 and 17 year old girl how I might feel in that situation being pressured by appearance or whomever to enter into a marriage you know potentially a lifelong commitment that I might not actually want that I might actually not want is an individual and a person who has a mind of my own having to be told how the rest of my life was potentially going to be playing out I think it’s also really important I want to acknowledge dr. Jackie blue who originally brought this to our attention and I really want to acknowledge and congratulate Joe in Hayes on shepherding this through the house and getting it to this third reading and I think it’s it’s it’s something that’s really really worth celebrating and I think that given the collegiality across and through the Select Committee and everything that I think actually in fact everyone will be celebrating this this evening so I just also want to want to talk about a little bit about the distillation but also you know a little bit about why this but this is so important to not only us is members of the government but is everyone is members of this house and you know forced marriage we know here’s no place here in New Zealand altaïr or no place it or in this bill it’s going to protect our young people L sometimes our most vulnerable people 16 in seventeen year olds they are at an extremely vulnerable age in time in their life and I think back to something that dr. Deborah Russell seed when she talked about talked to this bill the last time she spoke on it about what influence we have as parents over our children you know and is it is it as a young person if your parents really put the pressure on you you want to please you don’t want to be in trouble you don’t want to be punished in some situations you just do it just to keep the peace in being being put into the situation of being in a situation of a forced marriage I agree with with all the sentiment and all the words that have been spoken tonight and then it actually is a form of abuse in is a country our abuse is far too high and absolutely unacceptable and I think this bill goes some way to making some steps towards helping to really erase that in it something that we really need to do in our society this is a life-changing bill for some of our young people it’s going to give them a voice a voice that they didn’t have necessarily before and it’s really important that we give them viet voice you know the parents will know what pupils parents will no longer be the ones who decide or insist on marriages and the fact that it must go through the family court through a neutral body shall we say who has no vested interest in the outcomes of this potential marriage is hugely important and I think that it’s really also really important that the fact that defecto marriages or defecto relationships have been included in this legislation as well because often that’s what a lot of people are entering into these days so I just again congratulations to Joe and Joe Hayes and I really come in this bill to the House Speaker I call the Honorable Louise upstone thank you madam Speaker and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to speak

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