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Three new member's bills drawn

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Roger Douglas
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Wellington, June 17 NZPA - Three member's bills were drawn from the ballot today, and none of them looks likely to get across-the-board support.

ACT's Sir Roger Douglas said he was pleased his Education (Board of Trustee Freedom) Amendment Bill was drawn.

His bill would do away with national pay scales for teachers which Sir Roger said would give school boards greater control over their own affairs.

There was currently no wage-based performance incentive for teachers, he said.

However, Labour MP Trevor Mallard said Sir Roger's bill "resurrects the spectre of bulk funding" and schools in poorer areas would lose out.

Labour's Carmel Sepuloni's Employment Relations (Probationary Period Repeal) Amendment Bill would repeal government legislation which introduced a 90-day probation period for new employees.

The 90-day trial period was originally a member's bill by National's Wayne Mapp.

National MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi also welcomed the draw of his bill, the Military Manoeuvres Act Repeal Bill.

The bill would repeal a 1915 law which says any land can be made available to the New Zealand Defence Force for military manoeuvres.

Mr Bakshi said the law had not been used for 30 years and was introduced to deal with "extraordinary circumstances" during World War 1.

The repeal of the original Act would not disadvantage the Defence Force, he said.

"If Parliament deemed it necessary in the future to conduct such military manoeuvres, it could enact legislation to do so."

The bills still have to go through the parliamentary process before becoming law, if they can get enough support.

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