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ENG: 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 ...
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ACT sets out conditions for support of surveillance bill‎


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, ...


Act behind employment law changes


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 ...


Roy buries feelings for party's sake


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 ...


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Who would take hundreds of dollars each from Maori and the poor every year? Who would keep doing it when it didn’t work?  Who would want to take even more?  I’ve watched a young mother with a young girl at Countdown buying a can of coconut milk (about $2) and a packet of cigarettes (now $25).  I don’t know their situation but they didn’t look rich. I remember the look in the girl’s eyes, fixed on the cigarettes as if to say: that could have been dinner. If that mother was a typical daily smoker then she smokes 10.6 per day, practically unchanged from 11.2 five years ago.  Her tobacco tax has gone from $3.87 per day[1] to $7.09 per day.[2]  The increase has wiped out the $25 weekly increase for many beneficiaries.  Someone working 40 hours at the minimum wage has lost nearly a third of their wage increase to tobacco tax hikes over the last five years. Our Government must think the money taken is worth the tiny percentages who’ve quit.  Here are the numbers in cas
Seymour supports proposal for school closure
ACT Leader David Seymour supports the Minister of Education’s proposal to terminate the agreement under which Whangaruru partnership school Te Pūmanawa o te Wairua operates. “The possibility of occasional school failures was accepted during both the formulation of the policy and the authorisation of each school,” said Mr Seymour. “The potential for school closure is a strength, not a weakness, of the Partnership Schools model. Overseas evidence shows that closing failing schools and allowing successful schools to expand improves education outcomes as the charter or partnership model matures. “Education innovators should continue to be commended for their bravery, supported in their efforts, be accountable for their failures, and congratulated for their successes.” / Education / Press Releases
Auckland Council upends democracy
Auckland Council has engaged in breathtakingly undemocratic arrogance by foisting zone changes on central Auckland residents a week before Christmas without consultation, says Epsom MP David Seymour. “In a democracy the elected representatives should be in charge of the officials.  In this case the officials swore the councillors to secrecy. It’s extraordinary.  “The councillors who stood by and let this happen have sat on council too long.  They should either get back in control of the asylum or offer residents their resignation. "When similar changes were proposed in 2013 the people pushed back hard.  Small wonder the councillors wanted to keep quiet. “Knowing the council planning department, it’s unlikely that they have considered the impact on central Auckland school zones, which are bursting.  This is another reason that residents couldn’t be consulted. “The Council’s underhanded command and control approach is the root cause of housing unaffordability.  The
Free Thoughts - Tobacco tax
Who would take hundreds of dollars each from Maori and the poor every year? Who would keep doing it when it didn’t work?  Who would want to take even more?  I’ve watched a young mother with a young girl at Countdown buying a can of coconut milk (about $2) and a packet of cigarettes (now $25).  I don’t know their situation but they didn’t look rich. I remember the look in the girl’s eyes, fixed on the cigarettes as if to say: that could have been dinner. If that mother was a typical daily smoker then she smokes 10.6 per day, practically unchanged from 11.2 five years ago.  Her tobacco tax has gone from $3.87 per day[1] to $7.09 per day[2].  The increase has wiped out the $25 weekly increase for many beneficiaries.  Someone working 40 hours at the minimum wage has lost nearly a third of their wage increase to tobacco tax hikes over the last five years. Our Government must think the money taken is worth the tiny percentages who’ve quit.  Here are the numbers in c



 
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