Statutes Repeal Bill- Committee Stage- Clause 1 – Video 3

Statutes Repeal Bill- Committee Stage- Clause 1 – Video 3

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now Michael berry berry coach Turner comb mr. chair I’m rise to speak about the statutes repeal bill having been a member of the committee considering it and I’d like to pay tribute to the chair of the committee for handling a difficult discussion very well it was an issue that previous speakers have noted was a difficult discussion and particularly centered on the potential repeal of the sentencing council act 2007 just to remind the house that this sentencing council act 2007 and she came into force on the 1st of November 2007 it wasn’t an act that was never bought under force it actually was bought into force and then as previous speakers have said the government decided that they didn’t want to act on an act that was in force and I like other speakers was very much persuaded by strong evidence from Sir Kenneth Keith to say not only is the statutes repeal bill the wrong place to repeal this act but actually the government was wrong in not taking action earlier to do something about a bill that they just chose not to act on when the legislation was already enforced so mr. chair we we we’re very concerned about that bill with regard to the rest of the statutes repeal bill we think probably marginally by getting rid of old statutes is not a bad thing to do although we would pass a comment to say the government obviously has too much time on his hands and not enough important things to do to be spending important legislative time on a on a job which has very dubious benefits and as a committee we are struggling to actually understand the justification for for the time and effort that had gone into this bill and including a significant amount of the time of officials but mr. chair we would like to register our concern over that particular item of the Synthesia cancel Act we would say that we would like to ensure that this statutes repeal process is not used in future in order to conveniently get rid of legislation that the government doesn’t really want to to take action on that this is not the right process and the the sentencing council act it should not have been dealt with in this way and we certainly would appreciate a response from from the minister to these concerns we raised these concerns repeatedly in the committee and as a new member to this committee I must say I found it rather strange that the committee members did not offer an adequate explanation from the government side as to why the sentencing council act was included in the statutes repeal bill process rather than being the subject of a standalone and separate process if it was legislation that they did not intend to implement and therefore it would be good to hear a response to that issue from from the minister because frankly it left members of the committee from the Green Party side and I suspect others a little bit fused as to as to why this route was chosen for the sentencing council act further I would note that there is a supplementary order paper that is included here on behalf of my colleague Dave Glendon and it deals very much with the issues that have previously been raised in this debate and specifically raised by dr. David Parker the last speaker Thank You mr. chair all questions thank you very much mr. chairman and I’m very happy

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