Two Nat bills

November 20th, 2009 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

Good to see National MPs starting to get their in the ballot, with the result being two of them got drawn this week.

The first is the Fair Trading (Soliciting on Behalf of Charities) Amendment Bill by Selwyn MP . The notes explain what it will do:

The Bill requires professional third party collectors to disclose to potential donators that a portion of the donation will be retained by the collector.

This only applies if the proportion retained is more than 20 percent.

If the proportion retained is between 20 and 50 percent of the total donation then the collector must simply disclose that a portion is being withheld by them, but does not have to disclose the amount.

If the proportion retained is more than 50 percent then the collector must disclose the percentage being retained, to the nearest percentage point.

Transparency is a good thing. There have been a lot of horror stories about people donating money to what they think is a but finding out less than half gets to the . I can’t imagine anyone will vote against this bill going to select committee. WIll be interesting to hear what the charities say about it.

Rotorua MP had his Act 1990 Repeal (Easter Sunday Local Choice) Amendment Bill also drawn. I can’t find a copy of it online, so this is based on reports.

This is a minor liberalisation, which will allow each local Council to decide whether or not shops are allowed to open on Easter Sunday.

This will be lots of fun because you get the unholy coalition of the union left and religious right joining forces to stop even the remotest sanity occurring over Easter Trading. Hopefully Todd’s bill will make it to select committee – the challenge will be getting it back out.

I find it hilarious that the actual public holiday is Easter Monday while the day retail shops can’t open is Easter Sunday. And that Easter Saturday has no significance at all, so people can’t even get a guaranteed long weekend off. The current law really is a dogs breakfast.

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11 Responses to “Two Nat bills”

  1. side show bob (3,410 comments) says:

    “but finding out less than half gets to the charity”. I think most charities would be happy with half. Whenever I’m rung up at tea time I ask how much goes to the charity, if the caller starts stuttering I hang up. I give directly to the charity rather then feeding the leeches.

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  2. big bruv (14,217 comments) says:

    Oh god!

    I don’t know if I can stand the selfish attitude of the 24/7 shoppers and coffee drinkers more than once a year.

    [DPF: Again you can already get coffee on Easter Sunday. Lots of places are open]

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  3. Monty (899 comments) says:

    Easter Trading is interesting. As a Catholic I would always avoid going shopping on Good Friday / Easter Sunday (and throw Christmas into the mix too) , as I observe and appreciate the religious significance of these days. I also accept that others in our society treat these days as a holiday (and they have every right to do so) and if they want to go shopping then they can. My main concern would be that staff have the option whether or not to work. We should not deprive a Muslim or atheist of earning a few extra bucks on a day that has no significance to them if they so wish.

    At the end of the day the retailers will not open if there is no demand and they cannot make any money (who would want to go shopping on Christmas day for example) – So the liberal part of me says open if you want – I will not be your customer – but my choice in life should not impact you your choice.

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  4. frog (77 comments) says:

    There have already been seven failed attempts in the last thirteen years to liberalise Easter Sunday trading, and here we go again.

    I’d suggest a far better alternative to Todd McClay’s Bill would be to make Easter Sunday a public holiday so that employees who are required to work that day at least get a day in lieu to spend with their families.

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  5. dime (10,208 comments) says:

    hope the Easter trading laws dont change! id miss the annual BRUV v DPF showdown

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  6. thekiwifish (7 comments) says:

    I think that third party collectors are a better method of fundraising for charities than other methods. At least with third party collectors the charity involved is pretty much guaranteed a return. If they want to raise funds with other methods they could be spending bucketloads of cash on TV adds and run the risk of actually losing money.

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  7. themono (128 comments) says:

    Hey Monty – I wish more Catholics thought like that. I don’t have a problem with Catholics sitting at home on those days thinking I’m going to go to hell for doing otherwise, it’s just when they try to stop me there’s an issue!

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  8. kiki (408 comments) says:

    Give every worker 6 more days leave and scrap all public holidays. One extra day for a bonus

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  9. MT_Tinman (3,315 comments) says:

    This is a minor liberalisation, which will allow each local Council to decide whether or not shops are allowed to open on Easter Sunday.

    I find it fucking terrifying that some deadbeat local councilor will decide on a whim whether I can earn a living on ANY particular day, superstitious holiday or not.

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  10. GPT1 (2,020 comments) says:

    … get the unholy coalition of the union left and religious right … and me!

    Kiki – there are 11 stuatory holidays.

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  11. Pete George (23,793 comments) says:

    There are 9-11 statutory holidays per year. Nine are guaranteed. Two (Waitangi and Anzac) are only taken if they fall on a week day.

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