Education (National Education and Learning Priorities) Amendment Bill – First Reading – Video 8
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Education (National Education and Learning Priorities) Amendment Bill – First Reading – Video 8

that the Honorable cross happens now mr. speaker it’s a great pleasure and a privilege to speak on G&E t’s bill and I want to congratulate her on having it drawn from the ballot it’s also interesting to follow from that somewhat confused rambling contribution from the member who just spoke because on the one hand he said that there is nothing particularly controversial about this bill and therefore it should be say part of a statutes amendment bill and then on the other hand said that they’re gonna vote against it so actually that means it can’t be part of a statutes amendment bill basic basic role of parliament is that statutes amendment will require unanimity in order to be able to be passed so by his own admission it can’t be part of a statutes amendment bill he then went on to say that it’s too hard for the Select Committee there they’re going to have to do too much work and it’s going to be completely unacceptable that they might have to actually earn their money and I say that that’s actually the job that all of us in this Parliament are here to do and therefore listening to people through a select committee process has actually inherent in the democratic system and therefore is a positive thing now I do it knowledge that we are sending to the education workforce Select Committee quite a bit of legislation at the moment they of course have the ability to hear submissions on different bills that cover broadly similar topics at the same time and in fact I have been involved in select committee hearings where the committee has an invited submitters to deliver submitted submissions on different bills at the same time for the purposes of making it a more efficient hearing and also for the convenience of the submitters so there’s nothing wrong with doing that this is a very good bill now why is it a good bill well first of all it aligns the goals in the education it inserted by the previous national government with the goals in the New Zealand Curriculum this was something that was strongly urged to the previous government by many of the people who went through to the trouble of submitting on the education update bill at the education in science Select Committee as it was then the curriculum is prized and treasured throughout New Zealand education system because it basically has the support of young people of teachers appearance of employers of all of the major stakeholders in the education system there’s a huge degree of support for the curriculum and the curriculum has a very strong sense of purpose and a very strong abs basically statement of the objects so what this does is it aligns the objects of the act with the objects in the curriculum so I can’t see what the harm of doing that is Invicta I think that that’s a very useful thing to do but actually the section of this bill that I am most in favor of and I say this as a Minister of Education who is now going to be subject to this under the Act is passed by national when articulating or or in developing a statement of national and education and learning priorities the minister can consult with whomever they think fit so they could decide the minister could decide that they just want to consult with a couple of teachers that they like or they might want to consult with the family or whoever and it would be okay because under the law that’s sufficient under this bill the minister must must consult with children and why would they not the decisions that we make and around the education system are all about children so they should have a voice in there it also makes clear that we need to consult with teachers principals school boards of Trustees of course made up of parents early childhood services and parents why would we not consult with those groups as a Minister of Education I don’t think I would be doing my job properly if I didn’t consult with those groups and therefore I’m very pleased to see this being added into the egg the final thing I want to talk about is the final Clause of the bill which makes the statement of national Learning National Education and learning priorities a dis allowable instrument what that means in a fear is that the Parliament will have the opportunity to scrutinize it we are giving through the education is a significant delegated power to me the Minister of Education and if it was a national government whomever on that side of the house filled their role and I think there should be some parliamentary scrutiny of those decisions there’s seating a statement of nature in education learning priorities you’re effectively seating I would effectively be seating the direction for the whole education system so why should the Parliament not have the opportunity to scrutinize there in another set of circumstances it might be primary legislation ie the house might get to vote on it in this case the house is delegating to me the ability to seat it and therefore I think it’s only appropriate that the through the regulation making scrutiny provisions we have in the house that the house gets to scrutinize what I finally come up with so this is a much more democratic system it’s a much more transparent system and I think it’s going to lead to a better app I call

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