Epsom选区国会议员， 行动党领袖 Hon John Banks今天宣布他将不再寻求2014大选的连任。经过36年的公职生涯， John决定现在是他在家庭和个人生意兴趣上花些时间的时候了。在此之前，John 将继续担任Espom的国会议员和行动党领袖。
从2005年起，行动党就一直持有Epsom选区的议席，我们相信行动党的国会议员们为Epsom和新西兰做出了贡献。 从2008年开始，行动党开始支持John Key领导的国家党为新西兰组成一个稳定的，中间偏右的联合政府。Epsom的选民们了解这样做的重要性，而且会继续选出一位行动党国会议员。
Today, Hon John Banks, MP for Epsom and leader of ACT, has announced that he will not be seeking re-election in the 2014 General Election. John has decided, after 36 years of public service, that it is time for him to spend more time on his family and his private business interests. In the meantime, John will continue as the MP for Epsom and Leader of ACT.
As part of its candidate selection process for general elections, the Board of ACT will shortly be opening nominations for candidates to stand for ACT in the 2014 General Election. We have a number of very talented potential candidates and we expect to name our key candidates, including a new candidate for Epsom, by the time of our annual conference in early March.
The seat of Epsom has been held by an ACT MP since 2005, and we believe those MPs have served Epsom and New Zealand well. Since 2008, ACT has supported the John Key lead National coalition government in providing stable centre right government to New Zealand. The importance of this has been recognised by the voters of Epsom, who have continued to elect an ACT MP throughout this time.
Hon John Boscawen
ACT President John Boscawen is pleased to announce that Gareth Veale, an Earthquake Claims Specialist, will be ACT's candidate in the Christchurch East by-election.
This by-election is an opportunity for voters to send a message that less talk and more action is required to fix the huge problems confronting the residents of Christchurch East - and Christchurch overall.
Mr Veale is standing to promote the ACT values of property rights and practical law and order policies. Gareth works very closely with people badly affected by the earthquakes, so he is well aware of the issues facing Christchurch East as it progresses forward.
行动党主席 John Boscawen 先生今天强烈反击了温斯顿彼得斯的言论, 说他蓄意无视华人族裔对新西兰做出的贡献, 是在分裂新西兰华裔族群和其他族裔, 借此抬高自我。
John Boscawen 说:“温斯顿今天在他的演讲中多次断言华人移民给新西兰带来的是负担而不是贡献。这是一派胡言。”
“为了从我们的大学受到高质量的教育,每年有成千上万的华人留学生交付高昂的学费来到我们这个国家。我们的大学得益于学生资源和经济收入, 学生们在新西兰的学习生活和文化 交流亦能加强新西兰和中国之间的文化和经济关系。”
“中国是新西兰的第二大贸易伙伴。2012 年双边的贸易额已达 127 亿新元, 而且还在持续增长。”
“旅游业是我国最重要的经济产业之一。如果我们能够吸引富裕的华人来新西兰消费,政府为什么不应该争取呢? 澳洲人来新西兰根本不需要签证。对一部分华人来访新西兰能快速得 到签证而提出非议实在是很可笑的。”
“温斯顿还声称非居民的华人是把奥克兰房价搞得高不可攀的祸手之一。这也是毫无根据。 最新的 BNZ-REINZ 调查显示华人购买房屋量仅仅占全市场的 1.3%。而我们却听不到温斯顿对那些比华人购买更多房屋的英国人的抱怨。”
“行动党坚决驳斥温斯顿制造的华人坑骗新西兰人民的谎言。” Boscawen 先生说。 “华人移民和贸易对新西兰的经济发展有重大的意义。与新西兰优先党相反, 行动党欢迎华人的贡献.”
—— 王小选 译 （原文链接）
Winston Peters efforts to drive a wedge between the Chinese community and the rest of New Zealand is a sad attempt to engender support for his party and deliberately ignores the positive contribution the Chinese community makes to New Zealand, ACT Party President John Boscawen said today.
“In a speech today, Winston made a number of assertions aimed at establishing a false picture that Chinese immigrants take more from New Zealand than they contribute. This is far from the truth,” Mr Boscawen said.
“Chinese families who immigrate here are hard-working people who move to make a better life for themselves and their children. In the process, many start their own businesses, employ staff, pay taxes, invest heavily in education and contribute to the growth of New Zealand’s economy.
“Every year, thousands of Chinese students arrive on our shores to pay top dollar to gain qualifications from our universities. The universities benefit from increased revenue, and the students’ time here, immersed in our culture, serves to strengthen economic ties between China and New Zealand.
“China is New Zealand’s second biggest trading partner. In 2011, bilateral trade between our two nations amounted to $12.7 billion and this will continue to grow.
“Tourism is one of our most significant export industries. Why shouldn’t the Government do all it can to attract wealthy Chinese visitors to our country to spend their tourist dollar? Australians don’t even need a visa to visit New Zealand, so the idea that some Chinese visitors getting ‘fast-tracked’ visas amounts to special treatment is laughable.
“Winston also claimed that non-resident Chinese buyers are one of the major drivers behind the Auckland housing affordability crisis. This is unfounded. The latest BNZ-REINZ survey shows that Chinese buyers represent a mere 1.3 per cent of the market. We don’t hear Winston complaining about the British who buy more homes than the Chinese do.
“The ACT Party rejects Winston’s claims that Chinese are somehow ripping New Zealanders off. Chinese migration and trade is of significant benefit to the New Zealand economy and, unlike NZ First, the ACT Party welcomes their contribution,” Mr Boscawen said.
The suggestion by Victoria University Criminologist John Pratt that second striker Elijah Whaanga is nothing more than a ‘schoolyard bully’ who is being unfairly punished by the three strikes regime is absolute rubbish, ACT Party President John Boscawen said today.
Mr Pratt made the comments on Radio New Zealand’s Nine To Noon show today.
“The so-called ‘schoolyard bully’ is, in reality, a violent young man with over 72 convictions. He is exactly the type of criminal three strikes was intended to target,” Mr Boscawen said.
“Mr Whaanga’s first strike was for two aggravated robberies where he made threats of violence while armed and hit one victim over the head numerous times for $68 and a skateboard.
“His second strike and final warning was for another two aggravated robberies where once again he attacked two separate victims.
“Mr Pratt tries to make excuses by focusing on what Mr Whaanga took, claiming it is unfair for someone to be sentenced to a second strike for stealing a mere $68 and a skateboard. It’s not what he took, but the violence that he used to do it which is the issue.
“Three Strikes targets New Zealand’s worst violent repeat offenders to keep them off our streets.
“Mr Whaanga now has two and a half years, while he is serving his sentence, to address his problems and become a productive citizen. If he doesn’t change his ways, and commits another strike offence, he will go to jail for a very long time,” Mr Boscawen said.
行动党主席John Boscawen说，行动党提出的“三振出局”（Three Strikes）法发挥了应有的 作用，他很高兴司法部长Judith Collins同意这一观点。
“无论是我还是我行动党的同事们，无论是在过去或是现在，都不希望看到有人在监狱中浪费他们的生命。和其他人一样， Elijah可以做出选择。我衷心希望他能做出正确的选择。 如若不然，监狱将是他的归宿。”John 说。
ACT Party President John Boscawen says ACT’s Three Strikes legislation is working exactly as intended and he is pleased that Justice Minister Judith Collins agrees.
“Elijah Whaanga - who has received a second strike and a final warning for two aggravated robberies - is a violent young man, and just the kind of offender the law was intended to target,” Mr Boscawen said.
“His first strike was also for an aggravated robbery. He hit the victim over the head numerous times and stole $68. I don’t care if it was $68, $680 or 68 cents - the issue is not what he took, but the violence of the assault.
“Mr Whaanga is in the habit of using violence to steal other people’s property. If he does that again, having received a final warning in the clearest terms from Judge Adeane, then jail is the right place for him.
“Critics say he needs treatment. Well, he will get a chance to address his problems while he is jail for the next two and a half years, serving his second strike sentence without parole. I sincerely hope he does address his problems and becomes a productive citizen on his release.
“Neither I nor my ACT colleagues past and present want to see people waste their lives in jail. But this man, like everyone else, has a choice to make. I hope for his sake he makes the right one. If he doesn’t, jail for a long time is where he belongs, and ACT’s ‘three strikes’ law will send him there” Boscawen said.
Labour Finance Spokesman David Parker’s neat and succinct criticism of Labour's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) piles contradiction on contradiction, ACT Party President & ETS Spokesman John Boscawen said today.
“In a press release this afternoon, Mr Parker said ‘gas and coal generators’ carbon costs are incorporated into the price paid to hydro, wind and geothermal generators, despite the fact they have zero or low carbon emissions.’
“In other words, Mr Parker is conceding that Labour’s ETS allows hydro, wind and geothermal generators to make windfall profits at New Zealanders’ expense,” Mr Boscawen said.
“Time and again I stood up in the House and said that Labour’s ETS would create windfall profits for renewable generators and it would hurt those on low-comes the most. But Labour didn’t care.
“In the same release, Mr Parker goes on to say that ‘under Labour’s [new energy] policy only companies whose generated electricity emits carbon will be able to charge for it.’ What this means is Labour is now trying to sell itself as the saviour of a problem it created.
“The point of introducing Labour’s ETS was to push the price of electricity up so that New Zealanders used less of it.
“Mr Parker needs to explain why he favoured giving renewable generators a windfall gain two years ago, and what has changed in the past two years to make him change his mind?
“I would wager that this has nothing to do with caring about energy prices for households and everything to do with Labour’s campaign to upset the asset sales programme,” Mr Boscawen said.
The Labour/Green’s scheme to nationalise the electricity sector because they ‘care’ about power prices is hypocritical when they were responsible for introducing an Emissions Trading Scheme which pushed up the price of power, ACT Party President & ETS Spokesman John Boscawen said today.
“The whole point of their Emissions Trading Scheme was to drive up electricity prices so that people used less of it,” Mr Boscawen said.
“The ETS lifts the marginal cost of producing electricity, and, as it’s the marginal cost that sets overall prices, all generators get the benefit of the higher price, regardless of whether they have to pay the carbon tax.
“The result is that those generating renewable energy make windfall profits at householders’ expense.
“I spoke out against the ETS because it would impact the most on those who could least afford it. But the Greens and Labour, who pretend to care about the poor, were more than happy for the price to rise.
“They didn’t care about high power prices hurting New Zealanders then, but now that they want to put a spanner in the works of the asset sales programme, they suddenly claim to care.
“These parties are willing to hurt all New Zealanders by eroding the value of state owned assets, and also private assets, such as Contact Energy, which are owned by New Zealand investors and Kiwisaver schemes.
“They are a bunch of hypocrites who only care about power prices when it suits their political agenda,” Mr Boscawen said.