Statutes Repeal Bill- Committee Stage- Clause 1 – Video 5

Statutes Repeal Bill- Committee Stage- Clause 1 – Video 5

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repeal bill the Honorable David Parker that’s an interesting point because if Sir Kenneth Keith is right that that these things are already dead anyway we’re you really can never get to deader than dead and the principle that’s that’s being embarked upon the through this legislation as a repeal bill then there needs to be repealed itself because it sits on the statute book then there needs another repeal bill to repeal the repeal bill that repealed the already redundant legislation so it’s a bit of a nonsense of that Mabel having said that I don’t mind cleaning up some of this old stuff and and and and getting rid of it but I do want to return to this point of the sentencing council it because we still haven’t had a response from the chair and I’m hoping that we’re going to get one and I want to see explain why it’s wrong that through this excising of redundant legislation we get rid of the sensing council and I want to explain the policy reasons that lie behind the sentencing can select which should not just be repealed through this statute repeal legislation because there’s no analysis and there and the original bill the explanatory note there’s been no evidence given by the ministries as to why the underlying purpose of the sentencing act is no longer relevant they’ve just trying to get rid of it as an as a as a through this sort of administrative leakin vini Onegin ism now in New Zealand we know that we have high rates of incarceration of Mary so it’s shame upon our country that more than 50% of all prison inmates are of merri ethnicity and we also know that there are assertions that many believe to be correct that Maori offenders suffer higher sentences for the same crime than non-maori Finn the sentencing council was meant to be preparing sentencing guidelines that I think would have made it more likely that sentences would be equivalent for equivalent crimes because there would have been more guidelines because the functions of the counsel at section 9 of the debt not Clause 9 of a bill that’s sort of in consideration not not some legislation that may or may not sometime come in to feet but clause 9 of this legislation which is currently on our statute books see the functions of the councillor to produce guidelines consistent with the Sentencing Act relating to sentencing principles sentencing levels particular types of sentences other matters relating to sentencing practice so what the Sentencing Council have done they might have actually produced some guidelines that said because of this evidence that Maori are overall likely to receive longer sentences for the same crime compared with someone like me they might have said judges in the future need to take particular care when sentencing marry to make sure that they are not sentencing more harshly marry offenders than other offenders now that I think would have been a good thing to do and because because I think it is accepted by most that people who are in a less powerful position in society who are in New Zealand disproportionately married because Maori are disproportionately represented and lower socioeconomic groups are more likely or they’re less likely to have the quality of legal representation particularly as legal aid is eroded but also just because of their financial situation and their they’re the elective power and society if you like they are likely to be on average penalized more harshly now for us in this repeal legislation to repeal of the sentencing act 2007 without having that discussion about whether the the this underlying problem that we’ve got with high rates of incarceration of married um of marry ethnicity offenders mr. Chairman I just um I I just have a up mm-hmm I’ve been referring to the Clark this is actually Clause three under Schedule one I’ve given you the latitude to talk about it but it actually comes up later on under Clause three I’m happy for you to continue I mean I’m I’m happy for you to continue but when you come to Clause 3 then I will will be stopping it at that stage so the Honorable David Parker I think he sir I’ll address it again under Clause three thank you for that I call Reno teraCopy Thank You mr. chairman

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