Statutes Repeal Bill- Third Reading – Video 6

Statutes Repeal Bill- Third Reading – Video 6

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to the house mr. speaker Barry Coates tena koe mister speak them tonight with Mr Speaker I rise to address the this bill the statutes repeal bill as previous speakers have said is not the most exciting piece of legislation we’re going to have to deal with in this house and in fact as previous speakers have said it is of somewhat dubious value um the green party initially supported this bill to Select Committee we are unable now to support it anymore we oppose this bill and we oppose it for a relatively simple reason the purpose of the statutes repeal bill should be as stated to remove redundant or superfluous legislation it should not be to remove legislation from the books that is enforced that the government just doesn’t want to observe and I refer to a previous speaker who reminded us that Sir Kenneth Keith when he came to the committee and I commend the committee for inviting him to appear in person because having somebody of her stature to talk about these issues has been enormous ly valuable he reminded us that actually government’s role is to enact the law the government’s can’t pick and choose what pieces of law they are polled and what they don’t uphold this the in particular the sentencing council act 2007 was brought into force the government chose not to establish a council not to observe an existing law on the books and now are trying to remove it via a very dubious process of the statutes repeal bill we don’t agree with that and the purposes of the sentencing council act was firstly to ensure the consistency of sentences and and that is partly because of concern about the inequality of sentencing outcomes between Maori and Pakeha and and that reason for the bill in 2007 is still valid today this bill we believe is taking a piece of legislation of the books which should not be removed and certainly should not be removed in this way the bill also aimed to create a more consistency with regard to parole bill a parole board rulings to promote transparency in rulings them to have a base of reliable information we believe that the government should have established the council we believe that the government should not pick and choose X to implement that are already in force we believe that the government should not play fast and loose with our law and parliamentary processes we think this is a an act of disrespect to to our legal and parliamentary processes we oppose this bill for that reason while we would have liked to have seen the other hundred and thirty six pieces of legislation taken off our statute books the fact that they haven’t I don’t think is a major problem for the future of our country however the principle that the government can pick and choose what it does about existing legislation and use circuitous routes which are not able which should not be used in order to remove legislation we believe is such an important issue we have no choice but to oppose this legislation thank you dinosaur oak mr. speaker it’s really good it’s really

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