Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Time to find a fairer alternative to Act’s VSM Bill


Time to find a fairer alternative to Act’s VSM Bill

Student leaders are echoing calls for fairer alternatives to ensure students continue to get the best possible services, representation and experience at university and polytechnic campuses.

“Heather Roy’s voluntary student membership bill is unworkable, unreasonable, and unsupported by students, the tertiary sector, and the wider community. We endorse Labour’s call for discussions to create a reasonable, acceptable, durable policy in this area,” says NZUSA co-President Max Hardy.

Students and their representatives have always been open to improving and enhancing current provisions to ensure strong student services, independent representation, and better choices for students. To this end, many suggestions were made during the Select Committee process on how to modify the law.

“The current law was a compromise made in the late 1990s, passed under a National Government, and has worked well up to now. Instead of passing a bad Bill, we have the opportunity to ensure these suggestions are not ignored. We can still produce a beneficial result from a parliamentary process that has taken almost two years so far,” says Hardy.

“Students’ associations do very good work – right now they are assisting students during the exam period, and in Canterbury they are helping students out with their welfare and education needs during a very difficult time. Students don’t deserve to have their services and representation wrecked in the name of pure ideology,” says NZUSA co-President David Do.

“The Bill is not supported by students or the public. Almost 5000 submissions were made on the Bill last year and 98% were opposed, and an independent public opinion poll in November last year revealed 77% of respondents felt that students should decide the structure of membership of their associations, compared with just 17% that believed it should be the Government’s decision,” says Do.

“We are committed to delivering the best possible services, representation, and voice for students, and we want to work with our elected representatives in Parliament on the best way to make that happen,” concludes Do.

NZUSA is the national representative body for tertiary students and has been advocating on student issues since 1929.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Mediaworks: Three to be sold or closed

MediaWorks has today announced that it intends to sell MediaWorks TV as well as its Flower Street property which includes its television head office and studios.

The intention is for MediaWorks to sell the television side of the business while retaining ownership of radio and QMS. The Flower Street property will also be put up for sale with a lease back option for a buyer to continue to operate television from that location.

MediaWorks Chairman Jack Matthews said that MediaWorks is committed to continuing to grow its business in New Zealand while recognising that free-to-air television operates in a challenging environment. More>>

 
 

Could Do Better: Post-Sroubek Review Of Deportation Info

Ms Tremain acknowledges that the review highlighted some aspects of the process that can be improved and makes five main recommendations to strengthen the existing processes for preparing files for decision-makers. Those recommendations are: More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A New Book On The Leaky Homes Scandal

We all know that journalism is short of cash and under pressure from the speed, brevity and clickbait pressures of the 24/7 news cycle… but hey, given the right subject and a sufficiently stubborn journalist, it can still surpass most of the works of the academic historians... More>>

Regulation: Review Finds NZTA Road Safety Failings

The independent review, carried out by consultant agency MartinJenkins, lists at least 10 reasons for the failures including the agency being focused on customer service at the expense of its policing functions. More>>

ALSO:

Rod Carr: Climate Change Commission Chair-Designate Announced

Climate Change Minister James Shaw has today announced the appointment of Dr Rod Carr as Chair-designate for the Climate Change Commission. More>>

ALSO:

Compliance Complaints: 'Putting Right' Holidays Act Underpayment In Health

The Government is putting right a decade’s worth of underpayment to nurses, doctors and other health workers, says Health Minister Dr David Clark. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Disasterous Police Pursuit, Excessive Use Of Dogs

At no stage did Police follow the correct procedure for the commencement of a pursuit... A Police dog handler used his dog to help with the arrest of two of the young people. One suffered injuries resulting in his hospitalisation, and the Authority found that the use of the dog was an excessive use of force. More>>

ALSO:

‘Hard Place To Be Happy’: Report On Youth Residential Care

Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft says the report, A Hard Place to be Happy, contains important challenges from children and young people, aged 9 to 17, about their experiences in care and protection residences. “I found this report extremely difficult to read, and I think most New Zealanders would too.” More>>

Africa And Middle East Refugees: 'Family Link' Restriction Removed

The founder of the Double the Quota campaign has applauded the coalition government for Friday’s announcement that a discriminatory policy would be removed. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels