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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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ACT condemns Imam’s platform of intolerance
ACT Leader David Seymour has joined the Government in condemning the anti-Semitic speeches delivered by a Manukau Imam. “New Zealand is built on a basic cultural foundation of tolerance and respect for other peoples’ freedom to lead peaceful lives,” says Mr Seymour. “By suggesting Muslims shouldn’t accept Jewish people for who they are, Dr Mohammad Anwar Sahib has condemned the freedom that makes our country great. “While Dr Sahib has the right to say what he likes, the Federation of Islamic Associations also has the right to remove him from his position and deny him a platform to spread his intolerance. ACT hopes to see the Federation exercise this right.” / Press Releases
Politicians must take Treasury’s long term position report seriously for young New Zealanders
ACT alone is calling for a debate over the sustainability of New Zealand Superannuation, says Leader David Seymour as Treasury releases its fourth long term fiscal update. The release comes a month after Retirement Commissioner Diane Maxwell said that our current settings are unsustainable and, sadly enough, every political party except ACT ran for the hills. “Anybody under 30 knows that they will not receive Super on current settings, and that policy adjustments are inevitable.  The issue is that we’re not allowed to talk about it, with all political parties in denial,” says Mr Seymour. “They intuitively know what the Treasury says in its report, that ‘governments have many options at their disposal to address these challenges, but the challenge gets harder the longer we delay.’ “Treasury couldn’t be clearer – we’re going through an unprecedented demographic shift towards an older population, and this will have enormous effects on the affordability of Superannuati
Politicians must take Treasury’s long term position report seriously for young New Zealanders
ACT alone is calling for a debate over the sustainability of New Zealand Superannuation, says Leader David Seymour as Treasury releases its fourth long term fiscal update. The release comes a month after Retirement Commissioner Diane Maxwell said that our current settings are unsustainable and, sadly enough, every political party except ACT ran for the hills. “Anybody under 30 knows that they will not receive Super on current settings, and that policy adjustments are inevitable.  The issue is that we’re not allowed to talk about it, with all political parties in denial,” says Mr Seymour. “They intuitively know what the Treasury says in its report, that ‘governments have many options at their disposal to address these challenges, but the challenge gets harder the longer we delay.’ “Treasury couldn’t be clearer – we’re going through an unprecedented demographic shift towards an older population, and this will have enormous effects on the affordability of Superannuati
Unelected, overfunded volcanic quango breaks government promises without consultation
The Maunga Authority’s refusal to consult the public over planned vehicle bans on Auckland’s volcanic sites is disgraceful, says ACT Leader David Seymour. “The unelected Maunga Authority haven’t consulted with the people who actually use the mountain, which makes a mockery of their claims of public support. If they really do have public support, then they shouldn’t be afraid of consultation. “What’s more, they originally claimed these bans were justified to prevent erosion. This was proven a lie when ACT discovered they had seen no evidence of erosion to the mountains. It turns out the mountains’ ‘spiritual, ancestral, cultural, customary, and historical significance’ was the greater concern. “Meanwhile, ratepayers continue to fork out for the maintenance of these parks. The Maunga Authority claims the rights of a private owner while reaping the funding of a government quango - $80 million over 10 years. “In 2012, when the Maunga Authority was granted its power



 
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