Social Assistance (Residency Qualification) Legislation Bill – Second Reading – Video 5

Social Assistance (Residency Qualification) Legislation Bill – Second Reading – Video 5

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missions as we count down Speaker I call the Honourable Ron mark thank you madam Speaker well I do need to madam speaker put on the record a couple of things it’s been very interesting sitting in here listening to some of the speeches from the opposition benches and I really do hate to upset the atmosphere of collaboration cooperation and mutual mutual admiration that does seem to be before leanness right now but one can not let some things go by particularly this being the 25th anniversary of the birth of New Zealand first or not this day but this year and madam Speaker right from the outset the right honourable Winston Peters has championed and advocated for this law change and whilst it’s been interesting listening to various national party speakers talking about how they support this legislation talking about how it’s good that this inequity this anomaly this injustice is now being corrected that the right honourable Bill English promised in 2017 just happened to be on the election trail at that time that he would correct this anomaly this error this inconsistency and I do recall that the Honorable Murray McCully likewise whilst he was flitting around the South Pacific as the Minister of Foreign Affairs having heard the representations from Pacific island leaders both here in New Zealand and back in the Cook Islands and Niue way and took a lot Tokelau also promised to redress this anomaly I do recall very clearly on the 29th of April 2015 as we debated the social assistance portability to Cook Islands new a and Tokelau bill and the second reading a speech from the right honourable westerlyns and peters where he pleaded with the then National Party Minister the Honorable Alfred Niro to accept his supplementary order paper that would have addressed read rest this very matter and what happened so one would assume from all of the speeches thus far from the National Party that they agreed well clearly madam Speaker they didn’t agree because that’s why we’re having to pass this legislation now it is just absolutely mind-boggling that the party that has opposed this tooth and nail back as far as 1993 to now should be asking everybody to recognize and applaud the right honourable bill English the Honorable Murray McCully and the Honorable Alfred narrow because this piece of legislation apparently my coalition colleagues is the National Party birth child apparently well it is far from that then we go back to the 29th of April 2015 and read the words where the right honorable Winston Peters was pleading he was saying we have a supplementary order paper and respect to this bill because this bill that’s been the portability Cook Islands Niue 8’o caliber which was the National Party bill is extraordinarily biased and prejudiced prejudicial towards realm countries in the Pacific he said Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully has continually emphasized the special and historically they go they don’t like it up and do they don’t like it up and a respect and storeit relationship of the wronged countries and social assistance portability cook islands new anti-glare bill is doing just half the job said the right honorable Winston Peters we appeal now this is us ASCII I don’t want to say begging because the right honorable Winston Peters never beings but he does put a compelling case and he does ask the people who say they’re gonna do something stick by their word and do it so he said we appealed to the Minister to finish what he started and amend the agreement to exempt the realm countries from section 8 C and that is our supplementary or what our supplementary auto-pay will be all about and hello what are we doing right now we’re exempting section 8 C and the audacity your deci T by coalition colleagues is that that lot want to sit over there now and reap some sort of credit some credit you have got to be joking me pologize i am talking to the bill section 8 C Bannerman chair I’m sorry you don’t argue with the speaker I’ve asked you to come to the bill you’ve read something from years ago I would like you to address the bill thank you madam Speaker the bill is the bill the social assistance he read of residency qualification legislation will which we are supporting New Zealand first waivers section 8 C the five years over age 50 rule why do we believe in that because it was wrong it actually discriminated against people who are New Zealanders it required these people to leave New Zealand to go home oh sorry to leave there wrong country to come back to New Zealand to fulfill that five years to qualify and that is the very point that has been argued in this house for dick it’s decades it is nice to see that after 25 years we are putting it right and it’s interesting that when we look at these people who have been simply asked as New Zealanders to be treated correctly and I do say we have to acknowledge this day of the second reading of this bill mr. Liz priest who has represented in Rarotonga New Zealand superannuation lobby group of Cooke Islanders and expatriate Kiwis these citizens for so long and for so well this has been a long battle for these people fighting for many many years it is satisfying that we get to this point on the second reading with unanimous support of the house and I do think the National Party for finally getting to this point but I do not think it’s out of its unreasonable to remind the nation at the second reading of how good this bill is and the torturous path that has been walked to get section 8 C and the five-year over 50 rule finally dealt with it has caused an appropriate dislocation it has caused disruption it has caused relocation add to the and end disruption and dis it is caused a breakdown and social cohesion of the countries involved it is caused people who have returned to their land having gained wonderful skills sets here in New Zealand and the many many the decades that they’ve lived here in paid taxes who’ve gone back transferring those skills taking money with them investing their time their the knowledge the skills the talent and their money back in their own countries and their own islands to have to then up sticks to come back here to New Zealand to complete those five years that they might qualify for something that was always right fully theirs there other than another government could not recognize that in the last term as bevery said that said i’d only encourage those National Party members and I congratulate them for voting for this legislation here today and supporting it through the third reading but I can only encourage them all to go back up to their Pacific island communities and apologize you know a certain National Party ministers gained honors and recognition from these Pacific island nations on the back of promises that they made and did not keep I think and amongst all of this the one man who has stood true to his word steadfastly for the last 25 years on this very issue and is now the Deputy Prime Minister and enjoying the pleasure of seeing it enacted and I think the opposition party for coming along with us on this ride is the right honorable Winston Peters who made those points sadly to deaf ears on the 29th of April 2015 thank you madam Speaker I call more ink

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