Statutes Repeal Bill- Second reading – Video 2

Statutes Repeal Bill- Second reading – Video 2

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built to the house the question is that they motion be agreed to mr. speaker mr. speaker it’s always a tremendous privilege to follow one of the great legal and constitutional minds of the National Party in speaking in this house although I do on behalf of the opposition want to think the Minister who’s just resumed his seat he is the opposition secret weapon and his ability to take ten minutes to deliver a five minute contribution to the debate I do think however the National Party of missed an opportunity here this bill repeals 137 Act I think the National Party missed the opportunity there’s a hundred and thirty seven possible members bills they’re in keeping with the tradition of stuffing the members ballot with bills that are irrelevant in relatively inconsequential there are plenty of other bills that we can recommend for the next statutes repeal bill and I’d start with most of the bills in the ballot in the name of national members of parliament then I do want to commend the handful of national members of parliament that have taken the time to draft genuine members bills that are actually designed to encourage proper debate Mr Speaker I think the statutes repeal bill is a very useful exercise and one that this house should do perhaps a little more often I think it’s useful it’s interesting though to look at some of the titles of the bills that are appealed here and I think it’s particularly interesting to note that the last time the New Zealand Parliament passed a statute to repeal bill was in 1907 and that bill itself as being repealed by the current statutes repeal bill that we’re passing through the house today it’s interesting to look at the number of bills or a number of acts that are being repealed that were themselves repeal X so we’ve got the post office Act repeal act of 1987 as being repealed the infants Act repeal act of 1989 the National Development Act repeal act all of these acts repealed other.they x been yet they remain on the on the law books and so I think it’s time well past time that that was tidied up I also want to speak in favour of a supplementary order paper that I have tabled on this bill which will be debated in the committee removes from our statute box the bless for me blessed memory from the statute book something that’s been well canvassed in the media in recent days I do want to acknowledge the constitutional purists who have argued that adding such an amendment to the bill after the Select Committee process is not good practice but I would like to point out that during the course of the hearings on this bill they were indeed only for submissions and as a result of those submissions five additional ECTS were added to this bill so those five additional eggs that were added with themselves not necessarily the subject of the full Select Committee scrutiny process so it is not unusual for additional X to be added to a repeal bill as it progresses through the house and I think repealing the laws around bless for me is certainly well in truly justified they violate our International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which New Zealand is a part of they violate our human right to freedom of expression and in repealing them brings us into line with many other countries around the world including Britain Netherlands Norway Iceland France who have done the same thing in an open society that reflects diversity indifference it is well past time that we removed the idea that one can be prosecuted for bless for me from the books that tolerance cannot be fostered through prohibition and yet I think New Zealand is a tolerant society and we have no need for that I was somewhat staggered to learn that one can be imprisoned for a year for blest for me in New Zealand and I welcome the support of the churches up and down the country for the notion that place for me should be removed from our statute books I think the it’s very important in terms of our international standing that New Zealand removes this because we have been very outspoken in the misuse of blasphemy laws and other countries around the world and I think it somewhat undermines our position when we condemn the actions of other countries for the imposition of such laws when we ourselves have them on our statute books so I think it’s time for us to remove outlaws around bless for me I think I want to commend the government for a good process around the statutes repeal bill I want to commend my colleague the Honorable Ruth Dyson who chaired the Select Committee that heard the submissions on this I have no doubt that the committee applied rigorous scrutiny to this this exercise and as a result we can be sure that the repeals that we are progressing through the house are justified there are two types of bills that this house has that do this kind of thing one is the statutes repeal bill and this is the first one in over 100 years the other is a statutes amendment bill the statutes amendment bill has if you like a fast-track process through the house and works on the basis of unanimity and I think one of the things that we should consider in the house if we want to keep our law books up to date is adding a similar provision to allow statutes repeal bills to follow a similar process to those of statutes amendment bills so that they can be done more frequently without unduly sucking up parliamentary time in a net spirit I’m going to end my contribution early so that this legislation can be progressed I’m going to call David cleaned up Thank You mr. speaker and I’m

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