Social Assistance (Residency Qualification) Legislation Bill – First Reading – Video 8

Social Assistance (Residency Qualification) Legislation Bill – First Reading – Video 8

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MP to support this bill mate okey dokey I call Matt Ducey let him speaking what a great bill and what a great bill to end this week it’s been a tough week for the government it’s great to see we can come together in finish on a high note and I do want to take the time to apologize for that last member Marama Davidson because I I did interject and it was the wrong thing to do it wasn’t rude or flippant I said life begins after 50 and my point was now those people with their life is beginning after 50 we’ll have a choice of what country they can stay in and I welcome that now I just want to acknowledge the members that have gone before me who have talked about the history of this bill the symbolism and I don’t want to traverse that but I do want to raise four points madam Speaker it as a debate and the first is I did hear some chatter that people think that we’re taking away that five year after 50 recency rule which we’re not all we’re changing is what country you do that in either the realm country or in New Zealand because I think it is important there at five years after 50 role also I think this bill actually is an acknowledgement for advocacy because if I look at the amendments the past national government made in 2015 allowing people for the realm countries to apply but it didn’t go that extra step allowing people in the realm countries to stay there after 50 and I do there’s a risk now because I’m going to meet some names and I won’t remember them all but if I think back for members like Poteau Williams and Carmel Salone who were very fierce in those debates and I think this bill demonstrates how they have continued with that advocacy and that’s how this bill has ended up here today I would like to give a heads up to the Select Committee that is going to receive this bill I’ve already heard a lady in my Khoikhoi office who came in she went to Australia at age 49 never thought about the implications now she’s back at 65 obviously hasn’t triggered that five years after 50 so it is going to be one of those things where scope will be challenged in the Select Committee process and good luck to the Select Committee for their my final point madam chair I think is this bill is a direction of travel and I think some and this house have already alluded to that New Zealand is becoming a very diverse place and I think that should be applauded and celebrated it’s fantastic and equally nation states people are choosing to live in multiple places over the course of their life and it is something that we are going to have to think and the Westphalian nation system of how nation-states retain their sovereignty but allow that flexibility is people live over different countries along their life course so I’d like to commend this very good bill to the house I understand this is a split called poor legal 5 minutes IQ or don’t know if I come off like year to a mile or knee and thank you madam Speaker

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