Education (Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand) Amendment Bill – Third Reading – Video 4
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Education (Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand) Amendment Bill – Third Reading – Video 4


I strongly commend this bill to the house thank you madam Speaker thank you madam Speaker I’m taking this call to oppose this bill madam Speaker this is a very interesting bill because this bill was originally a member’s bill YES on the name of the same member that is the minister in charge now the Honorable Chris Hopkins so this was put forward as a member’s bill when he was the education spokesperson in a position so I believe what happened madam Speaker is that when this government was formed for several months even now we are seeing that there are several national bills that are being debated in the house didn’t had any program of theirs to go on the aura paper so even the ministers were rushing to the house to take calls on bills to extend readings on bills mr. speaker because they didn’t had any legislations to put on the order paper so I believe the minister thought that well education is a very important sector we should have something to do with education on the order paper and he decided to put this member’s bill of his own as a government bill very typical of this labor led government which believes in spending and this is wasteful spending as we know they are spending millions of dollars on working groups they are spending millions of dollars on various summits this bill is also going to incur expenses which are wasteful because this is not going to deliver anything for the education sector this bill will not deliver anything for the teaching profession this bill will not deliver anything for students and nothing for parents man speaker for a minute if we look at the substance of this bill this bill is to change the name of the education council to teaching council even the education council didn’t make any comment about the name change so we can understand how insignificant that issue is for the education council and then this is about changing the composition of the Education Council it’s increasing it from current numbers to 13 that is seven plus six seven members that will be elected in six members elect appointed by the minister so from day one the argument that we had the minister about this bill was that the Minister wants to make this council independent of government that was the argument we heard from day one that by having that mix of elected and appointed members he believed that this will become an independent organization but madam Speaker what we know now if you look at the order paper there is this bill this is number seven on the order paper education amendment bill number two there are several provisions in this bill and one of the provisions is that this council this education council should work within the parameters of government policy so that independence that the Minister talked about from day one is out the window so it is not going to be an independent body this is going to be run by the minister so this is the level of transparency we have from this government so they put this legislation in one bill and that it will be actually run by the minister in another bill thinking that this won’t get noticed but definitely it will get noticed and we will make sure that this is notice so madam Speaker it’s not going to be an independent body because it’s going to be run by the minister now we know that the the structure that the minister wants to put in place is going to revert it back to the structure that we know was dysfunctional there were some serious issues we have heard them again and about them again and again so there were some even serious financial issues and that’s why national government decided to do an in-depth review of the body and because of that in-depth review we came up with the structure that has been put in place by the national government and there is no evidence that the current structure is not working if there is no evidence because the current structure is working really well it is working within the code of ethics and responsibility it is providing that stable governance that is needed in the sector so I do not see any reason why we need to change this structure there is another point in this current legislation not this one that we are debating the one that was put by the national government the minister is cannot appoint any political cronies on the console I believe that is the reason why the Minister wants to change this whole legislation because that is what is going to happen because the Minister is going to appoint politically motivated people on this body that is what is going to happen as we can see the other legislation which is on the order paper which might come up tonight or sometime this week for the first reading so there is no transparency so this whole legislation is going through here which is based on them making this body independent well then we have another legislation which takes that independence away mr. Chia so this is a very serious issue why this whole thing could not be put in one legislation that’s a big question and now the other thing we know is that the previous structure was broken was not working and that’s why national decided to fix that and now this Minister wants to revert back to that broken structure why he wants to revert back to broken structure so there has to be some motivation I believe mr. chair that this is going to be a body that is going to be run by union members run by the minister that is what the minister actually want to see happening happening in in this body this is not going to help with the teaching profession at all we know that unions are already complaining saying that they put labour in government and labor is not rewarding them back a First Union yes publicly they have criticized this labor led government so here what we are seeing is that this government and unions are stretching each other’s backs they’re just looking after each other and that is what is going to happen with this change that is going to be put in place through this legislation that we are debating mr. Chia if the Minister was so keen about having proper representation on the education council then why did he dismiss my supplementary order paper that was to bring representation of experience that comes from partnership school morale and very easily the minister dispersed it without realizing that the minister that was in that cheer before at the minister in charge the Honourable a Jenny Solis has said yes that could happen because there are six positions that will be appointed by the Minister but the minister in charge the Honorable Chris have been said that we are actually getting rid of partnership schools and yes when I challenged him again that national has already announced that we will be bringing partnership school models back this is within 12 months of getting elected the reply that I got from the minister was that he doesn’t have a crystal ball to see what’s going to happen next he doesn’t need to spend on a crystal ball mr. chair because we have already announced it all he needs to do is be aware of what’s being done and what is being announced by other parties and so he doesn’t need a crystal ball and if he is so so desperate mr. speaker to have a crystal ball they have a crystal ball and that is gregor corner Graig apana knows what the Labour Party should be doing what the Labour leader should be doing what the Prime Minister should be doing and how the Prime Minister should be dealing with a troubled ministers so they already have a crystal ball are mr. Chia he didn’t need to go out find another crystal ball so will this body do anything to improve the teaching profession no will this body do anything to help students achieve better outcomes no will this body how parents know what’s happening in schools making giving them the assurance that the teaching profession is going to be checked to the level that parents expect no it’s not going to do that because this is going to become something that is going to be run by unions and also controlled by this government and controlled by the minister as is going to become very very clear when we debate this other bill which is the education amendment bill number two so overall yes we know that the Minister wants to revert back to the model which has significant flaws we actually fix that but the minister doesn’t care about that because it’s all about control it’s about making sure that the Education Council is delivering what the what the minister wants to deliver so mr. chair I want to finish by saying that I do support Greg or corner being the crystal ball of the Labour Party but I do not support this legislation Thank You mr. chair just speak up I call Matt Peterson Mr Speaker I have great pleasure in rising

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