Stop the presses!
Parliament has just passed the Third Reading of the Education (Freedom of Association) Amendment Bill. The last bastion of compulsion has fallen, and once the Governor-General signs the Bill into law, membership of student associations will be voluntary.
This is a significant day for students throughout the country, who include amongst their number the Inventory children. We can't say that we have ever been a great fan of Act MP Heather Roy, but this will be her legacy when she retires from public life when Parliament dissolves.
The opposition parties (Labour, Greens, Mana and Maori; and of course Chris Carter, voting from Kabul) have fought this legislation tooth and nail, but it has all been for nowt. It became a die-in-a-ditch issue for Labour especially, but all the filibustering has been in vain; democracy rules.