Statutes Repeal Bill- Third Reading – Video 3

Statutes Repeal Bill- Third Reading – Video 3

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Kirra my title tonight Otto Otto members when we broke for the dinner adjournment we were debating the statutes repeal bill third reading I understand on they’ll be receiving a call from a national party speaker Paul Foster talofa lava mr. speaker a pleasure to take a call in the statute repeal bill third reading debate and I do want to respond to a couple of things that were mentioned by the labor member Chris hip khun’s who was speaking before the dinner break this piece of legislation I think is very useful and that it does serve a purpose and that purpose is effectively spring cleaning of our statute books it removes some of the clutter and in this day of electronic storage of information where there are no longer necessarily huge rows of statute books sitting on shelves but these things are available electronically one might quite reasonably ask the question why would you need to do this but the fact is if you’re a lawyer practicing in a certain field of law having additional pieces of legislation some of which well certainly all of the 137 that we are repealing this evening and in part or in total that are no longer needed that no longer have any effect that have become dormant that have become certainly in some cases outmoded having to be aware of these pieces of legislation and the possible interaction that they might have with other law is an unnecessary clutter and so this is a useful piece of regulatory reform to consign these outdated bills such as the education law Amendment Act 1933 all the Wellington City reserves acts 1871 section 4 of that act and 1872 in total to repeal them and remove them I also want to respond to the point made by the member on blessed for me now personally I do think it’s time for New Zealand have a good careful look at section 123 of the crimes egg nine person e of the view that it’s it’s no longer necessary in a country like New Zealand to criminalize thought or speech associated with blasphemy heresy or apostasy any of those concepts however I think it’s important that the government approach this matter in a organized and sensible fashion and I would note that it is the government’s intention under our very good Justice Minister the Honorable Amy Adams to review the Crimes Act and to look at tidying up some of these elements of the crimes act in a crimes amendment bill later this year and I don’t think it’s appropriate that we in almost knee-jerk response to a media case of Stephen Fry being initially accused of blasphemy in Ireland of course the police have subsequently dropped charges in Ireland it isn’t actually appropriate in a statute repeal bill which is supposed to be uncontroversial to insert that measure at the last minute without any consultation on the public or interested organisation so I think it is very appropriate that there be dealt with by the government in the normal way following due process in the fullness of time and given there hasn’t been a single successful prosecution and only one attempted prosecution in the last hundred years or blessed for me it’s certainly not an immediate problem but it is within the Crimes Act so it is quite right and quite proper that it be looked at very carefully now to ensure that there will be no unforeseen impacts of such a repeal so the the rest of this bill sir is very very sensible from the 2011 Rugby World Cup act the empowering legislation for the Rugby World Cup special measures through the 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake legislation all of which are out of date and all of which will be consigned to the history books rather than the statute books Thank You mr. speaker the Honorable Ruth Dyson I’m delighted

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