Are you ready for the Labour party grandstanding?

Chris Hipkins’ anti-Charter Schools bill has been drawn from the ballot:

Legislation which would abolish charter schools has been drawn from the ballot at Parliament.

The member’s bill is in the name of the Labour MP Chris Hipkins.

Mr Hipkins says charter schools are a threat to the country’s education system because they allow unregistered and unqualified people to teach children.

The charter school system was set up under an agreement between National and ACT.

ACT party leader David Seymour says he welcomes the debate but has a list of questions for Mr Hipkins, including whether he had ever visited a charter school.

This will be easy to defeat.

All the government have to do is get speaker after to speaker to list the heinous and disgusting crimes committed in state schools by registered teachers. They certainly won’t be short of any material.

Hells teeth, I’ll even help them.

But given that Chris Hipkins says charter schools should be abolished because of a threat to children perhaps he might entertain amendments to the bill, such as closing state schools where registered teachers have fiddled with kids or committed other crimes.

Fair’s fair. If it is about risk then it is state schools that should be closed down.

In the meantime it might be good if Chris Hipkins actually managed to get in at least one visit to a Charter School….that’s right he’s never visited a single one.

Maybe I should lobby government to pass legislation to abolish the Labour Party – it really is a genuine failed experiment.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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