Statutes Repeal Bill- Third Reading – Video 8

Statutes Repeal Bill- Third Reading – Video 8

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your support I call Reno to the captain I think you mr. chair I’m pleased to speak in the third reading of the statutes repeal bill and just off the bat sir I want to take issue with mr. O’Rourke I’m really disappointed that but not surprised that New Zealand first is supporting the repeal of the sentencing council XAR but to hear if mr. O’Rourke say that there was no need for the citizen council there’s there’s there’s no issues around inconsistency and sentencing in our justice system I’m absolutely appalled at that sir one needs to only look at the prison population and in all Teodor New Zealand 50% of the prison population a young Maori men and yet we only make up 15% of the total population sue now it does mean it means plenty and let’s take a case in point let’s look at the case of Tina Porter a young 16 year old at the time spent 22 years in prison wrongfully imprisoned because of systemic failures within the police system within there when their their investigation and within the court system failed two trials we had to go all the way to the Privy Council to get the admissibility of his fetal alcohol syndrome and that they had to go to all those lengths through some Good Samaritan people to finally get justice for that young man and even then though the government was reluctant to compensate and to give adequate compensation for 22 years of wrongful imprisonment and we talk about there’s no there’s no problem with the consistency of sentencing in our country I think that’s appalling soon but it doesn’t surprise me sir because these institutional racism among our institutions in society sue and of course someone like mr. O’Rourke he’s invisible to that he doesn’t see it because he is a typical Parker why male they don’t see the institutional racism that Maori have to deal with each and every day and so I’m just I’m disgusted but I’m not surprised at at the approach of New Zealand Priya first in relation to that but sir if I may this bill yes it’s a spring cleaning exercise and quite frankly sir you know it’s neither here nor there really in terms of this bill I doubt whether folks out there are kept awake at night wondering about the weather the post office Act repeal Act is still in force or not I doubt whether the the numerous finance X or the New Zealand wheat or whatever other X that we are appealing here because survey are of no effect at all they just sitting on our books they don’t mean anything no one’s actually going them to look up there because there’s no need to so for all intents and purposes many of these these X are of no purpose whatsoever but nevertheless the government is thinking it’s that important that you know to improve the quality of our legislation I guess they want to do a bit of a culling out exercise and and so here we are we are supporting this bill albeit reluctantly myself at this final stage because yes we do need to clean up clean up the statute book and so certainly see this this this the sec this bill does that however again it’s a moot point and I guess we’ll leave it up to second year law classes and whoever takes an interest and and really what is the effect of repealing X that our amendments X or earlier repeal X and then them all self-destructing through a self-destruct clause which repeals everything and so for all yes we’re going to make all these X disappear it may make the government good but really I am really disappointed that this government isn’t as repealing the sentencing council act of state of my reasons for that sir and you know the irony is there there was an opportunity here for the government to repeal a very archaic piece of legislation and the the provision of blasphemy in the Crimes Act and what are we here we hear the government say oh we need more time we need we need more time to look at this issue and we’re going to we’re going to put it in with a an amendment to the crimes act and so we can give proper consideration to that well where is the consideration for the sentencing counselor where is the consideration from this government on the inequities and on the disproportionate sentencing of Maori and our justice system there isn’t any that’s right sir they’re repealing an important piece of legislation which could have could have been beneficial but this government policy was totally against it they’ve put no effort to implement it and now they just want to just strike it off the books and all the while sir more young Maori men will be filling up our prisons and how do we know that because sir this government is building a brand-new 1 billion dollar prison to take into account the projections of an increased population prison population and they’re putting a billion dollars into that when they should be actually addressing the real issues they could have been doing that through supporting something like the sentencing council but I know they want to build more prisons because they’re projecting that they’re going to be they want to fill these new prisons up again with more young Maori men and it’s a disgrace but it shows what this government is really all about and I’m glad that my colleague from Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis you know he busted what are those surco prisons because that’s a that that’s what they want they want to have profit-generating prisons you know those it’s absolutely abhorrent that this government that’s all they care about building more prisons putting in more private operators trying to lock up more brown brown young men and and hence they’re there they’re adding greater force to that through the passage of this legislation today so sir you know I am disappointed in this legislation I think it is two-faced of the government to say they want more time to look at blasphemy but are not prepared to look at the merits of a sentencing council or an equivalent or an equivalent body so I do am disappointed that their aspect sir but I know that there is some spring cleaning to be done and I’m sure the hundred and thirty-five other odd pieces of legislation that are about to be expunged from history will not be missed and so I can understood a House members the question is that the motion be agreed to those of that opinion will say I into the contrary no the eyes heaven the clerk will conduct a partner New Zealand national in Ireland the 58th and favor

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