Good to see National MPs starting to get their private members bills 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 Amy Adams. 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 charity but finding out less than half gets to the charity. 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.
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.