ACT Party’s ‘Free Press’ previews their annual conference – but there is no mention of when it is or where it is. You have to follow a link to a registration page and then search down the page to find out.
Saturday 27 February 2016 from 9.00 am till 5.00 pm at Orakei Bay, wherever that is.
Strong Communities and Free People
All of the speakers have one thing in common. They don’t just talk about making New Zealand a better place, they’ve all been active and successful at doing it. We’re proud to host them because they show it’s not always politicians and their grand government schemes that make New Zealand a better place, but that true compassion means directly helping.
The country’s leading victims’ advocate. As a volunteer she has assisted victims of some of the highest profile cases in recent times with navigating the justice system. ACT has always advocated putting victims’ rights first and Ruth is at the forefront of not only talking about how victims can be better supported (which she’ll do at the conference) but actively supporting them on her own time.
Dame Lesley Max
Co-founder and CEO of the Great Potentials Foundation and creator of the HIPPY and MATES programs. Since its foundation, ACT has advocated strong community organisations solving social problems where the Government doesn’t always get it right. We are honoured to host one of New Zealand’s leading social entrepreneurs at our conference.
Lindsay’s blog is a recognised authority on welfare reform. As an assiduous researcher she is the best person in the country recount what National’s reforms have and haven’t achieved over the past eight years, and what the nest steps for reducing child poverty should be.
Recently retired from the University of Auckland’s Retirement Policy and Research Centre, Michael Littlewood has been at the forefront of the superannuation debate in New Zealand since the early 1990s. ACT believes that John Key and all other leaders have been too eager to kick the retirement can down the road, and we’re proud to host a definitive expert on the subject at our conference.
New Zealand’s best free market commentator, Matthew’s weekly National Business Review column is compulsory reading for many on the right. Matthew reminds us that New Zealand once led the world at free market reform, and that National have done little to roll back Helen Clark’s legacy of government expansionism.
Our leader’s keynote address will focus on the four P’s of free market environmentalism, Pricing, Property Rights, Prosperity, and Private Initiative. For too long environmentalism has been confused with government intervention when all the evidence worldwide shows it is free societies that make the best environmental custodians.
Sonare on the Orakei Basin (and a Tesla Roadster)
If all of that is too much, you will be entertained by Auckland jazz band Sonare on the edge of the beautiful Orakei Basin. Free Press also understands that, on the Smart Green theme, Tesla will be offering rides in their electric super car, the Tesla Roadster.
Davis Seymour’s success since being elected in 2014 should encourage a good and enthusiastic turnout. ACT need some good candidates to back Seymour up and try and rebuild their party vote.
Recent election results:
- 2014: 0.69% (16,689 votes)
- 2011: 1.07% (23,889 votes)
- 2008: 3.65% (85.496 votes)
In 2008 National defeated Labour with 44.93 % and have increased their vote since then, probably partly at ACT’s expense.
If National support starts to slip, Seymour continues his impressive performance and ACT get some good candidates they could reverse their sliding trend and get one or two more MPs in 2017.