“The ACT Party is proud to join our Parliamentary colleagues from the Green Party, National, and Te Pati Maori in calling for more action from the Government on the atrocities occurring in Iran,” says ACT’s Deputy Leader and Foreign Affairs spokesperson Brooke van Velden.
“Today, we have signed a cross-party letter seeking the Government’s support to designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terror entity.
“New Zealanders have been shocked, saddened and appalled by the events taking place in Iran. If other nations don’t stand up and push back on these sorts of atrocities then we have no chance of ever putting an end to them.
“Collectively, we believe the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp, which is engaged in widespread violence against democracy and women’s right protesters, should be designated as a terrorist entity under the Terrorism Suppression Act.
“ACT has also previously called for the removal of the Iranian Ambassador from New Zealand. We continue to stand by this.
“It’s time for our Government to properly condemn what is happening to women and girls in Iran. The Iranian Government should be forced to consider whether their actions are acceptable and whether it can be accepted by the global community if they continue.”
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MoH needs to cut the contractors
“The new Director General of Health and the Health Minister have been unable to tell Parliament when and by how much the Ministry of Health and Te Whatu Ora would expect spending on consultants to decrease,” says ACT Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Brooke van Velden.
Spending goes up and bed numbers go down
“Labour’s mismanagement of the health system is proof that using more taxpayers’ money doesn’t automatically translate to improved services, despite a record spend on mental health the number of beds available has plummeted,” says ACT Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Brooke van Velden.
ACT’s plan to build more housing with neighbourly harmony
“ACT’s alternative to the RMA will result in more houses being built and fewer barriers being put in the way of their construction, in a way that returns power to local communities” says ACT Deputy Leader and Housing spokesperson Brooke van Velden.