Cross party support for minor marriage consent bill

Sometimes Parliament works and votes together to bring in worthwhile legislation.

Minors (Court Consent to Relationships) Legislation Bill

This bill proposes that 16 and 17 year olds who wish to marry must apply to the court, and sets out how the court is to consider the application.

This means parents can’t dictate that young people get married.

Marja Lubeck is a Labour MP. Jo Hayes is a National MP, as was Jackie Blue.

We used to have jokes about a type of forced marriage – the shotgun wedding – but that is history if it was ever much of a thing. I think most couples who were expecting a baby felt that marriage was the right thing to do back in last century.

This legislation shouldn’t be needed often, if at all. Marriages involving 16 and 17 year olds must be quite rare these days.

But it puts in place an important message about New Zealand principles.

 

 

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26 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  August 8, 2018

    The problems of immigration from primitive cultures and religions.

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  2. PartisanZ

     /  August 8, 2018

    Primitive … Un-Christian … Non-English …

    Yep, “we’ve” got the moral high ground here.

    Reply
  3. NOEL

     /  August 9, 2018

    http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Primitive_culture
    You can do it Alan. That’s it step into the new century.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  August 9, 2018

      Do I have to shut my eyes like you, NOEL? Obviously Parliament disagrees with you.

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      • PartisanZ

         /  August 9, 2018

        “The difference is that there is greater respect and appreciation for all forms [of culture], regardless of how different they may be from one’s own.”

        Thanks for that link Noel.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  August 9, 2018

          Respect needs to be earned otherwise it is just subservience.

          Reply
          • Corky has said that people with guns, like the US police. are respected.

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            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  August 9, 2018

              Fear is not respect.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  August 10, 2018

              Don’t try telling him that, it’s waste of time.

              By that logic, people respect bank robbers and armed rapists.

  4. Zedd

     /  August 9, 2018

    After 9 looong years of watching Nat-act vote down nearly EVERY opposition mbrs bill & SOP(power games)… it is interesting to see that this Govt. are passing some Natl mbrs bills; ‘because they do make sensible change’

    I watched the other Natl MPs bill (by Dr Parmer; to further control patents.. seen as anti-competative ?) was voted down; she was very upset.. Why ? personal interest ??
    a Govt. MP asked; ‘If it was such a good bill, why didnt the previous Govt. take it out of the mbrs ballot (prior to election) & pass it as a Govt. bill ?’ (paraphrase) :/

    They also passed Todd Muller’s (Natl) bill (share dividends in cooperatives) seen by at least one Lab. MP as a ‘socialist idea’ 😀

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    • High Flying Duck

       /  August 9, 2018

      I think the problem is more that Labour have so little legislation of their own, they are being forced to use other parties material.

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      • Blazer

         /  August 9, 2018

        did you say that with a ..straight face!

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        • High Flying Duck

           /  August 9, 2018

          Just to be clear – working groups and committees are not policy.

          “The Government is hamstringing itself. There is a chance, and a real one, the Government will achieve nothing before the 2020 election if it does not start making progress on some key policies.

          Planting one billion trees has not yet started, social policy is edging its way into the system, and the so-called housing crisis is not being addressed by Labour, which christened it such.

          It is unrealistic to expect the Government to implement all its policies in the first 12 months, but some progress should be measurable by now.”

          https://www.odt.co.nz/opinion/editorial/lack-government-progress

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          • Blazer

             /  August 9, 2018

            no need to get excited…rushed legislation is not the go.

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            • High Flying Duck

               /  August 9, 2018

              There was also the fact Labour had to filibuster their own legislation due to not having enough to put to the house.
              So yes. Straight faced – and factual as ever.

            • Blazer

               /  August 9, 2018

              Q to Bill English…so what policies can we look forward to in the coming term…’
              A- well there’s no silver bullet’….yes Billy maintain the status quo and keep paying the interest .

      • Zedd

         /  August 9, 2018

        yeah right… HFD 😀

        Reply

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