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 ...
Government fails to build houses – and who’s surprised? Government home-building projects are running up against the same problems as private developments, says ACT Leader David Seymour.
“Housing New Zealand’s failure to build 2000 houses is no surprise. The entire housing shortage is caused by barriers to development. The idea that the Government could simply ignore these barriers and build houses itself was always ridiculous.
“Ultimately, the fault doesn’t lie with Housing New Zealand, though their goals were naive. Central Government has failed to reform the RMA and remove the 156 references to ‘inappropriate subdivision’. Now Bill English’s office is complaining about the same consenting issues private developers have dealt with for years.
“The biggest irony is Labour’s opportunistic criticism. The backbone of their housing policy is a state home-building project. Housing New Zealand’s struggles show the folly of faith in state building policies.”
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Free Press - 5/07/2016 The ‘Others’
In the cult television series Lost, the characters are tormented by the ‘others.’ Parliament recently has felt a bit like that with the Keep Kiwibank Bill, Foreign Homebuyer Bill, Panama Papers and even Tobacco Plain Packaging debates being turned into exercises in xenophobia.
Brexit, Trump, and even Pauline Hanson are riding a worldwide trend where people don’t seem to like the others very much anymore. There are legitimate concerns too, such as the E.U. being an undemocratic bureaucracy, but the trend is worldwide.
Back to the Future?
Newshub manufactured a story from John Key not denying the hypothetical scenario where Winston Peters is the Deputy Prime Minister. It is not impossible on current polling. One of ACT’s jobs is to grow and keep him out so that we have a Government looking forwards, not back, after next year’s election.
Here in New Zealand we are not immune to the wave of xenophobia. ‘Immigration’
National's paper tiger housing policy “National’s policy is designed to get the number $1 billion in the headlines, but it will not actually affect the housing market at all because councils still have to pay the money back,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.
“National are correct that infrastructure funding is holding back development, but their plan leaves councils with the same problem, just a different lender.
“If the Government wanted to let councils borrow more capital, it needn’t add a bureaucratic new fund, it could simply raise the limits on what councils can borrow themselves.
“A more substantial policy would be a rule that gives Councils a share of the GST collected from new construction projects in their territory. That would give Councils the funds and incentives to build infrastructure, without new bureaucracy.
“Sadly National is using public money to get headlines instead of making substantial policy changes proportional to the challenge of building more homes.”
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ACT calls on Greens to abandon outdated GMO policy As over 100 Nobel Laureates call on Greenpeace to abandon its outdated position on genetic modification, ACT is calling on New Zealand Green MPs to do the same.
The fourteen Green MPs, none of whom have any scientific training, maintain the policy of ‘keeping the Aotearoa New Zealand environment free of GE organisms'.
This stands in stark contrast to 107 Nobel Laureates, who wrote:
“We call upon the governments of the world to reject Greenpeace's campaign against Golden Rice specifically, and crops and foods improved through biotechnology in general; and to do everything in their power to oppose Greenpeace's actions and accelerate the access of farmers to all the tools of modern biology, especially seeds improved through biotechnology, opposition based on emotion and dogma contradicted by data must be stopped.”
“The Green Party needs to catch up with science, and modify its position on genetic modification, especially when Golden Rice has the ability to give sight to thousands