ACT New Zealand is a free market political party in New Zealand. Until the New Zealand general election, 2011 it was led by former National Party leader and Reserve Bank Governor Don Brash. The party's current leader is John Banks.
ACT now has one member of the Parliament of New Zealand, which is John Banks, a former two-term Auckland mayor and Police and Tourism ministers in the New Zealand National Party Bolger administrations of the nineties.
According to former party leader Rodney Hide, the party stands for "individual freedom, personal responsibility, doing the best for our natural environment and for smaller, smarter government in its goals of a prosperous economy, a strong society, and a quality of life that is the envy of the world".
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The ACT Party will support the Government's new legislation on covert surveillance, conditional on an urgent select-committee hearing.
The party's parliamentary leader, John Boscawen, says all five ACT MPs will vote for the bill's first reading and any support after that will be based on the legislation getting select-committee approval.
The Government is putting forward the bill in response to a Supreme Court ruling last week that the use of hidden cameras in the operation that culminated in the 2007 Urewera police raids was illegal.
Police have since suspended covert video surveillance, ...
The Government's decision to extend 90-day new-employee trials to all businesses was a suggestion of Act New Zealand and against the recommendation of its own Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson.
But Cabinet papers - released to The New Zealand Herald under the Official Information Act - show Ms Wilkinson pushed only for the 90-day trial to be extended to companies of up to 50 workers, and did not propose extending it to larger ones as they had "robust systems to undertake good recruitment and employment practices". Act NZ leader Rodney Hide said last night it was his party's idea to extend ...
Act MP Heather Roy has strong feelings about being dumped as deputy leader, but is burying them for the good of the party.Mrs Roy was rolled two weeks ago when the caucus voted in John Boscawen as the new deputy leader. She also lost her ministerial portfolios of consumer affairs, associate education and associate defence.
On Friday on her "Royters" blog, Mrs Roy said she was prepared to put a personally painful experience behind her for the sake of the party.
"I might (okay, I do!) have strong feelings about what happened, but in the real world what I personally feel about the ...
Picking electric winners too simple, Simon “It’s disappointing to see National picking winners for political benefits rather than environmental ones,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “They’ve distorted practically every government department’s treatment of vehicles to favour one type of technology over others.
“Creating new exemptions, working groups, and slush funds is better for bureaucrats than the environment. The focus should be on creating a simple, fair regulatory environment that allows all technologies to compete on their own merits.
“If National were truly ambitious for the environment they would be making ride-sharing easier, whereas it currently costs $1000 to get into ride-sharing legally.
“If they were more ambitious for the environment, they would take the lead of Stockholm, Singapore and London and replace petrol taxes with congestion charges.
“They should take a leaf from Sir Paul Callaghan when he said: “Here is the risk. Politicians latch on to fashions, and the latest fashion is Clean T
Free Press - 9/05/2016 Window Washers
Traffic light window washers exist in every city. Whangarei, for instance, had a much-loved guy who wore a Santa suit and gave his takings to charity at Christmas time.
The Police Pounce
Last week the police started arresting them but Free Press can’t work out how the washers got around all the other government departments. By breaking practically every law, the window washers showed how much Government most businesses have to deal with. Here’s a selection:
Under the new health and safety legislation the washers are Persons Conducting Business Undertakings (PCBUs). Do they elect safety representatives? How often do they meet to discuss health and safety, did they have a hazards register and what of their Personal Protective Equipment?
Were they paying GST, PAYE, or company tax? Businesses are required to file every fortnight for one or other of these taxes. They should have been shut down for breaking the tax laws alone.
No tax cuts, no spine ACT Leader David Seymour is disappointed in the Government’s refusal to cut taxes this or next budget.
“Abolishing corporate welfare would have given the Government an opportunity to cut taxes”, says Mr Seymour.
“Under this Government, corporate welfare has risen to $1.344 billion a year - a cost of $752 per New Zealand household.
“These handouts have included payments for sheep given to a Saudi businessman and a boat-building company owned by the world’s seventh-richest man.
“I would rather see that tax given back to households and businesses to decide for themselves what best suits their needs.
“Abolishing corporate welfare would save enough to allow the corporate tax rate to decrease from 28% to 22.5%, or to scrap the top income tax rate of 33%. Either of these is a far better option than continuing to allow politicians to pick winners.
“What’s the point in voting out a Labour Government if it is replaced by a National Party that carries on the same big spendin
Foreign buyer figures: National must denounce land tax ACT Leader David Seymour is calling on National to denounce its proposed land tax in the wake of figures showing low numbers of foreign house buyers.
“Confirmation that 97% of property sold in the last three months went to New Zealand tax residents shows that the fuss over foreign buyers has been pure political scapegoating.
“It was bad enough when it was the opposition blaming house prices on foreigners. National should never have sunk to that level with its proposed land tax on foreigners.
“Fortunately, today's figures give National the chance to reclaim the moral high ground. It’s time to put hysteria over foreigners to rest, and return to the basic mission of freeing up land and increasing housing supply.
“Blaming foreigners for our housing woes is easy. Tackling a bloated RMA and decades of entrenched red tape will take more spine.”
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