Statutes Repeal Bill- Committee Stage- Clause 3 – Video 6

Statutes Repeal Bill- Committee Stage- Clause 3 – Video 6

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I’m going to hear from Reno Terra Cotta knee I thank you mr. chair I’m pleased to speak on calls three and we’re dealing with the substantive repeals in shed your one and I want to focus on the sentencing council act sir because I agree that you know there are many historical redundant pieces of legislation here that they’re quite literally you know we can do away with them but but the sentencing council XAR it’s sort of tucked in and I believe the government surreptitiously snuck it in there just there just to see if they could get it quickly repealed and I think that’s wrong so because that there’s a really important piece of legislation and it is addressed by my colleague the Honorable David Parker earlier you know we look what we need to really look at the high incarceration rates of Maori and a lot of that fear stems from obviously the sentencing from our judges on the judicial system now if we just look at the numbers that they are appalling you know New Zealanders renowned as being a we do have a high incarceration rates among OECD countries but Sir when we look at I guess we’ve got a 4.6 million population 9400 prison master and 50% of that prison muster ceremony and so we have to really look as a and yet Maori make up 15% of the population you know and this has been happening a generation upon generation and I would have thought that the ceilings in council would have been an ideal mechanism to provide the judiciary not with just duck out in our directions no but to provide guidelines and principles for those judges to apply because we’re talking about a lot of regional variations here we’re talking about from the title Qatar up in the fire right down to the bluff a lot of different judges a lot of different jurisdictions and a lot of variation in sentencing and who bears the brunt of that sealing thing sir well the numbers speak for themselves 50% of our prison population are Maori and yet Maori make up 15% of our total population so if we were if the Mountie prison population was to reduce to thee to the average rate our prison population would have that’s all we would want as a society to see that prison rate come down so we can see a reduction we wouldn’t be needing to build one billion-dollar prison sir we wouldn’t be needing that would be closing prisons and the sentencing council sir was a critical part in that and for this government to sneak that piece of legislation sure it hasn’t sure it hasn’t been um activated but it’s been passed in it’s and it’s law and I would have thought sir what what what the government is really showing is that they’ve got to look there’s a total lack of policy you know there is a screaming out area where policy and leadership is required to address the high incarceration rates of Maori and the disproportionality and what does this government do they’re more concerned with building more prisons than supporting a sentencing Council and if they don’t support the sentencing council sir then what is their alternative what is their policy they should be instead of repealing this bill or that their act outright sir the government should be we should be here we should be debating this they should at least be amending the sentencing council act at least have the debate I mean for public for submissions up for submitters on this um on this bill sir when really this is a critical piece of legislation which is just you know they’re just quietly wanting to wipe off our books I’m sorry to interrupt your remember the time has come for me to leave the chair for the dinner break members this debate is interrupted and I shall resume the chair at 7:30 [Music]

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