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".
The name comes from the ...
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 ...
Free Press 28/04/2015 A Programme of Phased Cuts in Company Tax Over-taxing mobile capital is not a good idea – not if you want jobs and higher wages anyway. Last week the ACT Leader announced a plan for a programme of phased reductions in the company tax rate, with one percentage point per year reductions in the company tax rate for eight years, to a target of 20%. He said Budget 2015 should be signalling continuous improvement in our business environment, and this proposal does that. The idea is to give a clear signal to investors and entrepreneurs of a future tax structure which encourages investment and productivity growth.
Tax Rates, Jobs and Wages
David Seymour also released a six page document reviewing the academic literature on the relationship between company taxes, economic growth and real wages. Tax incidence is a complex topic. Suffice to say, who you tax is often not the one that actually pays the cost. See the research cited in the document.
Funding Tax Cuts
A small slice off the existing
Free Press 4/05/2015 Cycleways Appearing on the Paul Henry show this morning talking about cycleways, Green MP Julie Ann Genter claimed the Greens had achieved more spending than any of National’s confidence and supply partners. We love cycleways too. They are one of the more successful small-scale initiatives of the past few years. But doesn’t the comment speak volumes? Success in politics is all about grabbing the most money taken from taxpayers and spending it? That’s not a view ACT shares. But it explains why taxes are so high and why government wastes so much money.
Zero Hour ContractsIn the UK the Telegraph asserts 68 MPs from Labour, which has been campaigning to ban zero hour contracts, have employed staff on these contracts in the past two years, including Miliband’s Parliamentary Private Secretary, suggesting more than a smidgeon of hypocrisy around the issue. But let’s be clear. Everybody hires people on zero hours contract. Have you ever called an electrician or plumber to fix some sm
True cost of transport plan revealed Central and local government must both take responsibility for the shock caused by a planned rate increase and new transport levy, says ACT Leader and Epsom MP David Seymour.
“Central government must get real and allow Auckland Council to replace the transport levy with smarter transport pricing, such as time-sensitive motorway tolls, tuned to ease rush-hour congestion without encouraging detours through suburban corridors.
“I asked Transport Minister Simon Bridges in the House today whether he would consider allowing such options. He acknowledged the options were interesting but deferred the discussion. I’m sure many ratepayers will be following his position on these issues closely.
“The proposed transport levy comes as Auckland Council has manufactured consent for an extravagant 10-year transport plan. It’s easy to make a project sound popular when the real cost to ratepayers isn’t announced until the final hour.
“The good news is that the levy will be charged as a unif
National needs to stop acting casual about RMA reform ACT is challenging the government to give up on small-time interventions like HomeStart and special housing areas, and instead take RMA reform seriously.
“Let’s bypass unproductive debate over ad-hoc market interventions like HomeStart, capital gains taxes, speculation restrictions, and special housing areas and instead focus on real reform," said ACT Leader David Seymour.
“Failure to comprehensively reform the RMA will ensure house prices continue to skyrocket, and force more New Zealanders out of the housing market and into rental accommodation.
“Evidence from the US and elsewhere is clear: restrictive planning policies make housing markets unable to respond to demand and vulnerable to bubbles, as we see here in New Zealand.
“Regulations such as Auckland’s Rural-Urban Boundary form a literal barrier against building sorely needed houses, impoverishing the nation.
“Today I am releasing a summary of research which paints a damning picture of the effect of housing supply r