This just in: the Human Rights Commission has called for the fire at will bill to be put to select committee:
The Human Rights Commission has urgently requested the Government to reconsider its decision not to allow the 90-day bill to go to a select committee.
“Rushed legislation is potentially risky legislation and this is a fundamental change to employment law which requires serious consideration,” said Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Judy McGregor.
In letters to the Ministers of Labour and Justice, the Commission said “The select committee process is an important check and balance where both employers and employee rights can be debated in a measured way. Submissions to select committees reinforce democratic principles of transparency, participation and accountability.”
Some readers may recall the fuss the right made about the HRC’s issues with the Electoral Finance Bill (and continued to make even once the HRC said it was happy with the Bill after it was amended).
I wonder if they’ll now take up the HRC’s advice on National and Act’s abuse of process with the same gusto?