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Parliament to debate three members' bills

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 8/03/2017

Parliament will debate the first readings of three members' bills, just drawn from the ballot, dealing with youth training and education, teacher ethics and arbitration law.

Members' bills are not government bills, they can be drafted by any MP who isn't a minister and they go into a ballot for an occasional draw - there were 72 in Thursday's ballot.

They rarely get past their first readings without government support.

NZ First MP Darroch Ball's Youth Employment Training and Education Bill proposes a partnership between the Ministry of Social Development and the Defence Force.

Through the partnership, young people who have "disengaged" with the state education system would be able to join the armed forces where they would be trained and educated under military discipline.

Labour MP Ruth Dyson's Education (Teachers' Code of Ethics) Amendment Bill would put a new, certified code of ethics into the Education Act.

It would create "an aspirational set of principles" including a commitment to learners, society and the profession.

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.

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