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 ...
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The BillThe bill is not dissimilar to David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill. It allows people at the end of their life who are suffering intolerably to choose how they go, safeguarded by the rule of law. The Canadian select committee inquiry on the issue actually went further, endorsing allowing people to make an advanced directive (i.e. sign a declaration that you’d like an assisted death in the future if you yourself lose the ability to decide). This
Funding policy to blame for Corelli school liquidation ACT Leader David Seymour has criticised the unfair playing field for private schools in response to the liquidation of Corelli International Academic School of the Arts.
“It’s deeply disappointing to see such a respected private school threatened with closure due to financial obstacles,” says Mr Seymour.
“These schools compete with state schools, but at huge disadvantage. Private school funding was capped 15 years ago, the same year Corelli was founded, while state school funding has increased year-on-year.
“The sad irony is that Labour’s funding freeze for these schools, continued by National, actually costs the taxpayer. The average private school student receives $5000 less funding per year than a state school student. So if the school’s financial obstacles force its 37 students into state education, the taxpayer could be $185,000 poorer each year.
“We need to level the playing ground between different types of schools. Private school parents pay taxes on top their
Pay-as-you-go provisional tax a win for businesses The move from provisional tax to a pay-as-you-go system is a significant forward step for New Zealand’s tax policy, says ACT Leader David Seymour.
“This will be a long-awaited relief for many self-employed and business-owning Kiwis.
“The efficiencies of digital payments and accounting mean that a pay-as-you-go system has been overdue for some time. Our laws need stay in line with technological advances.
“Lower and simpler taxes should be important to any centre-right government so it’s good to see National address one part of that equation.
“Credit must also be given to the businesses and individuals who have successfully lobbied on this issue.”
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