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 ...
Seymour congratulates new Cabinet ACT Leader David Seymour has congratulated the new Cabinet following the official swearing-in ceremony.
“Just as ACT maintained a productive relationship with the John Key-led Government, I expect to work well with Bill English’s Cabinet.
“ACT’s role over the coming year, and after the next election, is to be both a stabilising force and an ambitious voice for improving policy in New Zealand. We will force debate and progress on issues of raising the age of superannuation, cutting tax, and increasing housing supply.
“In the meantime, my sponsorship of the End of Life Choice Bill prevents me from taking a Ministerial position as some of my colleagues have. It’s important that those who may require choices at the end of their life have someone representing their needs in Parliament. The End of Life Choice Bill’s selection from the Parliamentary ballot remains the only realistic option for reforming the law on assisted dying.”
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Highlights from the House – 22/12/2016 Welcome to this year’s last set of Highlights from the House.
The big issue this sitting period has been the change of Prime Minister. David Seymour spoke on the Prime Minister's resignation, firstly paying tribute, but also highlighting long term problems of housing supply and superannuation costs that have not been addressed over the last eight years.
Relevant statements:ACT congratulates John KeySeymour congratulates new CabinetPrime Minister must take a position on Super - now
In his role as MP for Epsom, David questioned the Minister of Police on the status of the Epsom community police station.
He also spoke against Nanaia Mahuta’s attempt to subject sponsors of Partnership Schools to Official Information Act requests, another example of a failed Labour Party attack on eight small schools.
And he gave thanks to everyone that's supported him in his roles as ACT Leader, MP for Epsom, and Under-Secretary.
Here are David’s statements on a range of other issues in Parli
Adjournment Debate DAVID SEYMOUR (Leader—ACT): I am sorry; I was going to bring my performing caucus but we had a little bit of a problem at the last election, which we are hoping to rectify quite soon. It is always very difficult to follow the performance of the Māori Party in the adjournment debate, but congratulations to them.
I would like to thank a bunch of people: first and foremost the people of the suburbs of Mount Eden, Epsom, Parnell, Remuera, and Newmarket who elected me to be their representative. I would like to thank the people of the Epsom electorate. I would like to thank the ACT Party and its supporters, who have worked hard—and believed in me—to rebuild the ACT Party, and I think some of the people who are around the House expressing some, perhaps, disdain for that possibility have got another think coming.
I would like to thank my parliamentary staff, both in the Epsom electorate and here in Wellington, and my ministerial staff, who have done a fabulous job. I am very, very luck
Free Press - 19/12/2016 Free Advice
This week, in the spirit of Christmas, the Free Press is giving free advice to new Ministers. How would their jobs be different if ACT had more influence on the direction of the Government? We sketch out some draft agendas below. We’ll be taking a short break before returning in the new year.
Prime Minister Bill English (National Security and Intelligence, Ministerial Services)
Appoint fewer Ministers to fewer portfolios. It is difficult to reduce the burden of tax and regulation on citizens when the example set for bureaucrats is to have 27 Ministers covering – we kid you not – 71 Ministerial portfolios. We doubt any one person in New Zealand could name them all.
Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett (State Services, Women, Tourism, Police, Climate Change)
Scrap the Minister for Women role. All genders have their issues and they are interlinked, having a Minister especially for women is very 1970s. In terms of crime, the Minister should adopt ACT’s Three Strik