Social Assistance (Residency Qualification) Legislation Bill – Committee Stage – Part 1 – Video 3

Social Assistance (Residency Qualification) Legislation Bill – Committee Stage – Part 1 – Video 3

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and clauses 1 & 2 stand paths I call the Honourable release upstate Thank You mr. chair I’m pleased to be able to take a call in this committee stage of the social assistance residency qualification legislation bill in this committee stage mr. chair this of course is a piece of legislation that the side of the house supports when Bill English as Prime Minister was visiting the Pacific last June this was a commitment that was made at that time so we are pleased to see that the new government is delivering that undertaking of course these these changes seem quite small and straightforward but for the people that are impacted by it it’s not just life-changing for them but also for the countries so it makes a much fairer system for the residents of the Cook Islands Niue a and Tokelau and in terms of the submissions that we heard on the social services in community senate committee there was only a small number of submissions and he really wasn’t too much disagreement and so this piece of legislation is welcomed by the national members we appreciated the opportunity to hear from a small number of submitters in the silic committee process and so we are pleased that the government is addressing this legislation with haste which is why Mr Speaker we we don’t have questions for the minister and the chair the committee didn’t propose any changes from the bill is introduced which I think just recognizes there is a significant impact in this legislation the ability in terms of the residency requirements after the age of 50 making eligibility much easier and the ability for those to be able to return to their home countries of the Kochs new alien and Tokelau is a really critical component of local economies and provides a lot more flexibility recognises the very special status we have with those countries so mr. chair I’m pleased to support this and the social assistance residency qualification legislation bill in this committee stage this year I called the Honorable Carmel Superman mr. chair and can I just [Music]

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