Just letting you know the Business Committee has just announced that the debate on Mr Chauvel's disallowance notice of motion will be held after Question Time tomorrow. Question Time normally finishes around 3, sometimes earlier and sometimes later.
You can view the debate in real time on http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/AboutParl/SeeHear/PTV/
, or on Parliament TV (Sky channel 94, Freeview channel 22, or Telstra channel 94) or you can watch it anytime after it has been held on www.inthehouse.co.nz
What could happen? Well anything really – Parliament could decide to leave the motion as it is or they could alter the motion, they could put time limits on it or they could throw the entire lot out.
Why has this happened? In our opinion, we believe it is because certain groups have lobbied and submitted legal opinions to protect their patch without any real thought of the impact on trades people and it would also appear without the knowledge or support of a lot of members. Not breaking the law is obviously not on their list of high standards they are forever talking about. There is a great deal of money tied up in this decision – suppliers and other trade organisations have built business models around upskilling and invested in some cases thousands of dollars. Some suppliers will want compulsory upskilling with points so that you have to attend a sales pitch and pay for the privilege of it. Other organisations have built entire business models around delivering compulsory upskilling. We believe that this has more to do with protecting their investment than it does about investing in this industry’s future.
What’s the impact if the motions don’t change? As an industry we continue on with the actions in place at the moment for debating about Continued Professional Development, being the industry work group being held in two weeks time, and meet the needs of the industry and the Board. The Board will review fees and discipline levies to make their actions legal. The hoped for outcome, in fact the outcome that is vitally necessary is that all actions o the PGDB fall within that allowable under the 2006 Act.
What’s the impact if the motions do change? A huge step backwards. The process was in place, lead by the Board, for open debate and industry input with open minds to resolve the Continued Professional Development saga. An opportunity for industry to meet and begin a process that would comply with the 2006 Act and that had across the board buy in. All practitioners would have been given an opportunity to have input. Those that don’t want change, to protect their self serving interests, will cause a new round of complaints and legal battles. The existing system has proved itself to be an expensive failure but they want to continue on with it to protect their patch. The Federation has attempted to “play nice” but if they want to use backdoor meetings, backed by politicians all we can say is the rules will change and it is an election year. The can of worms is not completely shut yet.
What can you do? It’s very late in the game but email or telephone your local MP and let them know how you feel and the ramifications if there are negative changes to the motions.Linkback: http://www.plumbers.co.nz/forum/fellow-practitioners-update/41/motion-to-dismiss-up-for-debate/642/