ACT’s conference was attended by 230 people. Usually drawing a crowd is hardest after an election. This crowd was larger than last year’s. ACT Leader David Seymour’s speech has been widely reported as a new beginning for a new party. The tone of the conference and reporting of it heralds a new zeitgeist for ACT. Read David’s speech here: http://www.act.org.nz/posts/speech-our-classical-liberal-tribe
12 Days Until ACT Conference: New Zealand the Way You Want It Registrations are well ahead of schedule from last year. ACT is resurgent. However ACT supporters are notorious last-minute registrants. You can see the program on our website. If you have not yet registered, please do.
A New Beginning
This month is an inflection point. It begins a political year and a parliamentary term. From a front row seat in parliament, we rate the parties’ chances.
Still Scared of the Big Bad Ruth
Prime Minister John Key has won three elections. 58 seats, 59 seats, 60 seats. What a politician. Where are the policies? Last year we told the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister that Ruth Richardson has accepted a role giving advice in the ACT office. It is hard to put those two off their stride, but that did it.
Welcome to the first ever edition of Free Press, ACT’s new regular bulletin. If you’re wondering why you’ve received this, we’ve used the same mailing list as Richard Prebble’s classic The Letter, and hope we can stimulate you in the same way. Otherwise, feel free to exercise your freedom of association and click the unsubscribe button at the bottom of your email.
Yesterday ACT Leader David Seymour took part in an Ask Me Anything session with the National Business Review. He answered questions on a variety of subjects, including Landcorp, Auckland transport, Working For Families, ACC, dating, and more.
ACT is pleased to enter its third consecutive Confidence and Supply Agreement with the National Party. We will continue the tradition of working to improve public policy for all New Zealanders while maintaining stable centre-right government.
Key features of the agreement:
Commitment to continue developing the Partnership School model (and David Seymour to be Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education)
“Some advocate raising the minimum wage significantly to reduce child poverty. Unfortunately, lifting minimum wages will do little for child poverty.
This is because most of the extra wages received by parents on low incomes will be clawed back by the Government. The most obvious losses are through income tax and ACC levies.
Further, families partly reliant on welfare benefits and partly on paid employment may lose part of their benefit. In addition, Working for Families payments and housing assistance are reduced as earnings rise.