Minors (Court Consent to Relationships) Legislation Bill – Third Reading – Video 5

Minors (Court Consent to Relationships) Legislation Bill – Third Reading – Video 5

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meanthat’s fell to the house at the Honorable Tracy Master Yoda mr. speaker thank you very much I rise on behalf of New Zealand first to acknowledge the author of the marriage court consent to marriage of – amendment bill and join with the voices acknowledging Joe Hayes and the the bringing forth of this piece of legislation I also wish to join with the other voices and acknowledged the dr. Jackie blue and the work that had gone on before I want to acknowledge the Commonwealth woman’s parliamentary Association that attempted to have a name from every woman from every party in this house placed on this bill and then bring it to the house and that that not only would this bill have made history that would have made history and I think I can just say that I think we need to continue to find that piece of legislation and we need to make that happen my understanding is there is no barrier to that so therefore let’s go at it ladies and I do want to say however it has been articulated by other speakers that it’s calculated that this might affect 30 young people here in New Zealand there’s two things I want to pick up on first of all 30 doesn’t sound much and my family we have one of them and so when it is somebody very close to you that has had to with their sister go through and actually reach out to Shakti have Women’s Refuge lift them up with the police and then bring them down here where Shakti Wellington and we have not solved the issue of funding – Shakti Wellington yet and it is something we must solve and we must solve it soon but when you think when it strikes your own family in this way then you realize that it might only be 30 but it’s 30 too many second thing I would want to just pick up on as that one of the previous speakers corrected herself and she started to use the word child but changed that statement to young person in many other pieces of legislation that have passed through this house and they’re not too distant sorry not to just to pass a child is anybody under the age of 18 and our court system now and our youth justice system and so I don’t want to take away absolutely don’t want to take away from this piece of legislation and the fact that this is a step forward but it’s merely a step forward this is a step that we need to take the next part of the conversation is that when these young people show up at the family court and they go in with the judge and they come out and the judge says no we’re not going to allow them to marry who’s going to be there to protect them from their families who’s going to be there to actually stand up for them in front of their fathers and their mothers against what is and let’s not put judgment on it but it is a cultural norm from somewhere else that we are trying to say this is the line here who’s going to be doing that is that going to be sharp be Wellington is that going to be sharp D is there going to be a woman’s refuge who is that going to be because that’s the next question here the other part of the question is there was there were at least three submissions that were made that never got mentioned in the Select Committee report one of them was from Shakti community councils position and it was to raise the minimum legal age for marriage from 16 years to 18 years with or without parental consent and lined with the worldwide trends in Western countries Human Rights Commission the bill aims to ensure that 16 and 17 year olds who wish to marry and not being coerced to do so the bill removes the ability of parents to consent to the marriage of children under 18 and plate replaces it with an application to the court and a decision of a family court judge the Commission believes that the bill should go further further than this and protecting the minors from coercion to marry by removing the ability for those under 18 years to marry at all family planning New Zealand we raise the question about whether the law should include any provision at all for 16 and 17 year-olds to marry in its most recent evaluation of New Zealand the Convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women recommended that New Zealand revised the legal minimum age of marriage to 18 years without any exceptions for parental consent this is the next conversation we need to have if under so many other pieces of legislation these are children why in this nation are children allowed to marry now that’s not a conversation for today but it’s the next one perhaps ladies we might be able to put our signatures to the only other thing I’d like to do because I’m not going to hold this bill up anymore as I want to acknowledge dr. Pam J Palmer she hasn’t been acknowledged to date but she was inside the Commonwealth woman’s parliamentary Association when I was part of it in the last term I’ve been unable to go to the meeting since I’ve become a minister and she made very clear a difference between arranged marriages and forced marriages and I want to place that on the record because this is not about a judgment on other people’s culture across the board this is about a statement inside New Zealand about where we believe the line needs to be drawn for our children and our young people so I want to acknowledge dr. Pam G Palmer who made that very very clear that there is a difference between a forced marriage and an arranged marriage but even an arranged marriage can wait till people are 18 kurodo thank you I call Nicola Willis mr. speaker it’s my great privilege to rise and give a speech

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