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7:49 am, March 26th, 2021 - 12 comments
Categories: health, health and safety, national, same old national, uncategorized, workers' rights - Tags: matt doocey
Private member’s bills are an important feature of Parliament. They give all MPs the chance to change the law to address real or perceived issues and problems.
Occasionally they achieve significant good. Louisa Wall is probably the most significant contributor in recent years and her bill to allow same sex marriage is one of the most celebrated private members bills to pass.
It attracted support from across the house. Even from the National Party.
So what are the things that trouble the average National MP? What change do they want to be able to tell their grandkids they were responsible for?
How about banning the importation and supply of fake urine used to pass work drug tests?
The proponent, National MP Matt Doocey claims that some retailers are openly advertising and selling synthetic urine to cheat a drug test. I checked and it is true. It was reported ten years ago in the Herald and Quick Fix Plus is openly advertised for sale locally.
But really? Is this the most pressing thing that National has to deal with?
And has there been a rash of drug taking workers beating health and safety checks and then causing injury or death in the workplace? Or is this a big anti worker figment of Doocey’s fevered imagination?
Twitter has been full of ridicule for Doocey’s efforts. Even this tweet which made me smirk.
Good wee Bill this from Matt Doocey https://t.co/m5TMZPH6uB
— Christopher Bishop (@cjsbishop) March 25, 2021
We can thank the powers that be that Doocey and his team were not in control of the country during the past 12 months.
Chemists sell kits that defeat the test. Fake urine not required.
It's been a joke for years….one he's now part of. What a dropkick !
You don’t need fake urine to beat a drug test.Some creatine & yellow food colouring does the trick quite nicely.
Whom are you trying to fool here?
Bishop is the guiding light behind all these nonsense bills from National. When he, or his father a former TVNZ political editor and ACT chief of staff in Prebbles era, arent ghostwriting stories for Kiwiblog, they draft up lost luggage type private members bills
Very much in the Bill English tradition of implying that kiwi workers are pretty useless – a necessary delusion for National as it provides justification of their economic and social dominance. That dominance thus seems natural and inevitable.
This is a bit more important from Doocey
Important, though not well crafted law, Jimmy. Unless creating a precedent for mandatory post-sentence conditions for citizens with criminal convictions is the aim.
Chris T (@7&8); don't guess – learn.
Think of the children not the perp.
To be followed in subsequent years by a bill seeking to ban the importation of real human urine, then a bill seeking to ban the importation of presursor chemicals for synthetic urine.
Ditch urine testing in favour of actual impairment testing for everything except athletes and security/military (i.e. people you don't want to be secretly short of cash or dependant upon drug dealers).
Might be wrong, but am guessing Labour blocked it?
You have to love their touchy feely approach to crim's
You have to love their touchy feely approach to crim's [sic]
Could you explain what you mean by this bizarre accusation? Better still, could you provide a piece of evidence to back it up?
That was meant to be a reply to Jimmy's post.