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Oranga Tamariki amendment bill inconsistent with NZBORA

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Attorney-General David Parker has released a report on the Oranga Tamariki (Parent's and Guardian's Responsibility) Amendment Bill pursuant to section 7 of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990.

His report concludes that the bill limits the freedoms of association and movement, and from discrimination, affirmed in sections 17, 18 and 19 of the Bill of Rights Act and that limit cannot be justified under section 5 of that Act.

The member's bill was introduced by National MP Barbara Kuriger. It proposed to amend the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989 to allow the Youth Court to recognise the link between the behaviour of parents and guardians and that of their children, and to provide an incentive for parents and guardians to stop and assess their own behaviour.

The bill would have empowered the Youth Court to make orders applying to parents or guardians of children or young people released on bail pending a Youth Court hearing.

The debate on the first reading of the bill was not agreed to.