Tribunals Powers and Procedures Legislation Bill – Committee Stage – Part 1 – Video 4

Tribunals Powers and Procedures Legislation Bill – Committee Stage – Part 1 – Video 4

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alignment with other aspects of our justice system as far as that is concerned I’ve called Christmas oh thank you very much madam chair look the tribunal powers and procedures legislation but we considered alongside the court matters bill it’s the Justice Committee but in the last panel and also into the new Parliament in it’s good to see the Labour lead government continuing with it it’s it’s a bit more substantive actually than the courts court matters bill because it makes us whole quite substantive series of changes to the way in which our tribunals work end members I think will have some appreciation of just how much of disputes in New Zealand are dealt with outside the sort of ordinary court process district court High Court and above and there’s increasing use of tribunals as well and so it’s very important this legislation gets right a couple of things I want to point to Menem chair that I think a very important and I praise the first is the doubling of the monetary limit for the Disputes Tribunal from 15 to 30 thousand dollars and I just make a side note here madam chair I think it would be good if the power to increase the maximum limit for claims in the Disputes Tribunal could be given to the minister or given to the governor-general in regulation and I’ve got to say it seems a little bit silly that we have to legislate – in order to increase our the military limit that seems to me to be a power that there could be within the governor-general’s so in other words the cabinet’s in and it’s put up a personal but beer of mine that that’s a lot of or in my view too much of changes the legislation has to be equal to changes to things like thresholds and you know limits and maximums and minimums and things like that a lot of that is actually in primary legislation right I think you know it could could be perfectly well catered for in an regulation the classic of course is the income tax act of colleague Michael Wood shaking his head with despair for the income tax it’s the classic you know Parliament every year has to Parliament has to legislate to add you know the Himalayan you know trust board to the list of charities that are entitled to a tax rebate well I mean frankly I think there’s better uses of the time than the you know the Mount Roskill residents association number two incorporated I mean I’m sure they do very good work but I don’t really think we need to waste Parliament’s time legislature anyway that’s that’s more of a side point the the actual increase in the Disputes Tribunal maximum is a really important one because over over the last 10 to 15 years of course that you know the inflation has has increased you know one of the half two percent a year and more and more claims were and this was the evidence before the committee more and more claims found themselves outside the ambit of the Disputes Tribunal because they the claims were for you know somebody was had a dispute with somebody over twenty thousand bucks with a property or you know twenty-one thousand dollars of a car you know dispute there or whatever and they and you know basically because of the because of the act they were outside the ambit of the act and the law doesn’t intend for that to happen and so we’ve we’ve now increased it to thirty thousand dollars there’s some interesting other little changes here the the Birdland flat land title’s commissioner other health boards of Appeal and the maritime appeal authority Ardis established the health health boards of Appeal seldom-used apparently and give it I’d never heard of them until we started to consider this act or this bill will in the Select Committee I suspect there is true just a quick note madam chair on the supplementary author paper off the government I think the changes of arts by the minister opportu William Co ever seen well the the particular change in clause 51 5 which is related to the increasing of the general limit of the Disputes Tribunal to $30,000 the supplementary paper at vats by the minister’s brings all those changes into force at the same time and there was going to be a staggered introduction of 30,000 them across the Disputes Tribunal and in the end the various other tribunals that’s now going to be done all at the same time and i think i think that makes sense i’ve had a look through the supplementary order paper of the minister that does make sense initial does support the question is that the ministers amendments to part 1 sit out on sop number 1 3 3 be agreed all those in favor say aye right to the contrary no the eyes have it the question is that the ministers tabled amendments to part 1 be agreed all those in favor say aye to the country no the eyes have it the question is then that part 1 is amended stand part all those in favor say aye to the country no the eyes have it that brings us to part 2 debates on clauses 3 22 to 3 24

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