John Boscawen

‘Schoolyard Bully’ Tag Undermines Serious Violent Crime

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.

ACT’s Three Strikes Legislation Working Exactly As Intended

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.

David Parker's ETS Admission Piles Contradiction On Contradiction

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.’

Labour and Greens hypocritical over power prices

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.

Civilian Hits The Big Time; Confuses Journalist

ACT President John Boscawen today welcomed the establishment of the satirical online newspaper The Civilian, New Zealand’s answer to The Onion.

“I am honoured that the ACT Party has been satirised in The Civilian following in the footsteps of John Key, Steven Joyce and David Shearer,” Mr Boscawen said.

“However, he warned the public against taking The Civilian too seriously.

“I had a phone call today from a reporter who had been sent the story and thought she was onto a scoop.

The Case For Partnership Schools: Giving choice to those who otherwise don’t have it

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Welcome to ACT’s regional conference for the lower South Island. I acknowledge ACT Scenic South board member, Guy McCallum and deputy board member Colin Nicholls and I thank you both for your efforts in organising this conference today.

I also acknowledge and thank ACT Leader John Banks for his attendance.

President's Address - ACT 2013 Annual Conference

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to our conference.

This is a crucial conference for ACT and is another step in the rebuilding and the rejuvenation of our party.

Thank you for coming and for your support.

Thank you, to you Alan Gibbs, your family and staff for hosting us on your magnificent, inspirational property.

I would also like to acknowledge a number of people here today.

Missed Opportunity on ETS

Minister for Climate Change Issues Tim Groser has declined a request by ACT to make the ETS a truly open market mechanism, ACT Deputy & ETS Spokesman Leader John Boscawen said today.

“We wrote to Mr Groser asking him to submit a Supplementary Order Paper on the Climate Change Amendment Bill to ensure restrictions on international imports may be made only for qualitative reasons and not quantitative,” Mr Boscawen said.  

 “We did this because the current legislation allows future Ministers to ban high quality, environmentally sound foreign carbon credits.   

An ETS without ACT: Over $500 extra per household per year

Last night’s volley of failed Labour-Green amendments to the Emissions Trading Scheme could have driven the costs of the ETS through the roof for negligible environmental benefit,  ACT Deputy Leader John Boscawen said today.

“The Labour Party amendments would have removed the two-for-one discount that currently applies, made consumers and households dependent on local carbon credit suppliers by strangling imports, and doubled the price cap from $25 to $50,” Mr Boscawen said.

Three Strikes Law Working

ACT Deputy Leader John Boscawen says the three strikes law is working exactly as intended - to keep the most serious repeat violent offenders off our streets.  

Mr Boscawen was responding to the Herald on Sunday report that a Waikato man could be the first person convicted of a third strike under ACT’s Three Strikes law.