Three new members’s bills

NewstalkZB reports:

National, Labour, and New Zealand First have been the winners in Parliament’s latest Members’ Bill ballot with all three parties getting Bills drawn to go before Parliament.

Labour MP Ruth Dyson’s Bill, putting more emphasis on a code of ethics for teachers is now up for debate.

National MP Paul Foster-Bell’s Arbitration Amendment Bill proposes changing the Arbitration Act in line with Law Commission recommendations on the way trust deeds are dealt with.

So too is New Zealand First MP Darroch Ball’s Bill on youth employment training which would see the Defence Force involved in vocational training.

It proposes a partnership between the Ministry of Social Development and the Defence Force, setting up a “new pathway” into paid work for 15 to 17-year-olds.

“It aims to help 90,000 school drop outs who are languishing on the unemployment benefit,” Mr Ball said after his bill had been drawn.

“They will be in the Army to work, train and learn trade skills so they are work ready by the time they turn 18.”

Mr Ball said the Army has an existing youth development unit, and under his bill it would be expanded and fully resourced.

None of the three bills seems very major. Dyson’s seems silly – renaming the Education Council the Teaching Council and changing the code of conduct to a code of ethics.

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