ACT second in attempt to attract some support

NZ First, ACT second? That’s how it looks with new ACT policy announced at their annual conference today, but while taking on NZ First policies may have attracted a bit of media attention the party needs to find a way of attracting more supporters than they got to their conference.

The policy is to reduce the number of MPs to 100, reduce the number of electorates and scrap the Maori seats.

I guess that would give ACT a chance of improving their power in Parliament fro  1/120 to 1/100, but with National out of power it is closer to 0/0.

If Seymour’s member’s bill got drawn (a long shot) and made it through Parliament (I doubt there’s any chance of that this term) it would then go to a referendum.


ACT will deliver fewer politicians

ACT is drawing a line in the sand on the size of government with a new bill aimed at rolling back the the state.

Party Leader David Seymour today revealed his Smaller Government Bill which will reduce the size of Parliament to 100 MPs, limit the size of the Executive to 20 Ministers, and remove the Maori seats.

“The growth in government over the past two decades has not delivered better outcomes for New Zealand. We need smaller, smarter government”, says Mr Seymour.

“New Zealand has too many politicians for its size. Our Government costs more and delivers less than it did 20 years ago.

“The Smaller Government Bill will cut the size of Parliament 100 MPs, bringing us into line with other developed countries.

“It will also restrict the number of high-paid Ministers to 20. Our Executive is far too big – currently standing at 31 people.

“Almost half of the Government MPs hold a position in the Executive. We have too many pointless ministerial portfolios. They are not improving the lives of New Zealanders and this bill will do away with them.

“The bill will also remove the Maori seats. New Zealand is a modern, diverse democracy. There is simply no longer a place for one group of people to be treated differently under the law.

“We now have 27 Maori MPs, 20 of whom were elected through the general roll. Even without the seven Maori seats, Maori would still be proportionately represented in Parliament.

“Our plan would also require all parliamentary candidates to stand in an electorate, and all elected list MPs would be required to open an office in the electorate in which they stood.

“List MPs serve an important function in our democracy, but they should be required to serve New Zealanders and solve real problems, not just collect a salary and spend their time in a Wellington office.

“New Zealand needs smaller, smarter government. ACT is the only party with a practical workable solutions for achieving just that”, says Mr Seymour.

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15 Comments

  1. PDB

     /  August 12, 2018

    ACT is a lost cause BUT considering the Waka jumping bill will get through we may as well reduce the number of MP’s as essentially they will have no ability to think for themselves and their party will dictate 100% what they vote for or against. If that’s the case just give a certain amount of votes to the leaders to allocate as they like and reduce the list MP count by the same amount.

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  2. -D

     /  August 12, 2018

    Bravo !!

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  3. robertguyton

     /  August 12, 2018

    No
    One
    Cares

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    • I care, to an extent. It would be a shame to lose ACT from parliament, just as it would be a shame to lose Greens from Parliament – and Greens were probably more at risk of that last election. Could happen to either party next election. And NZ First are also at risk.Parliament would be the poorer for the lack of diversity.

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      • robertguyton

         /  August 12, 2018

        Despite the heated rhetoric, the loss of The Greens from Parliament would be felt throughout the country; Left, Right & Centre whereas the disappearance of the ACT Party would hardly raise an eyebrow. That’s what I believe.

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        • Gezza

           /  August 12, 2018

          That’s a reasonably good assessment, I think. ACT is really basically National in shorts. Greens may piss people off & have some silly policies (mainly JAGs I think) but they might actually do some good on a larger scale in the end.

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          • David

             /  August 12, 2018

            I think the Greens, who could have done a lot of good, have made themselves irrelevant by capitulating to Winston at every turn and Ardern knows the green vote is too rich a resource to leave to a Green party.
            Ardern will end the Green party and own their voting bloc, too easy for her to own 5% of the vote while giving up nothing to the centre.

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            • Gezza

               /  August 12, 2018

              Perhaps. I wouldn’t write them off completely at election time
              just yet (the youth vote may be critical). But even if they don’t scrape in next time, if their policies are robbed & then implemented by Jacineve, they have succeeded in some of their objectives.

      • David

         /  August 12, 2018

        Greens will be gone next time around. Ardern has cut their lunch and the co leader is off flinging the C word around at families and signing up to anti democratic legislation. They sold out the Kermedec sanctuary they capitulated on having cameras on fishing vessels all to sign up for a climate agreement that Bridges is on board with. They are pointless except to the die hard loopy 2% and another 2 and 1/2 percent dumbass virtue signallers, probably another 3 % too stoned to get out of bed and vote.

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        • robertguyton

           /  August 12, 2018

          David is too far removed from good sense to have a worthwhile view on The Greens future. It must hurt him deeply, and confuse him mightily, that The Greens are in power now and making real many of their stated aims. Over the next 8 years or more, The Greens will amass huge wins for us all; all the while, David will bicker and whine; The Greens, The Greens, they’re craaaaaazy!!!

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          • David

             /  August 12, 2018

            Sure I am really broken because the Greens have achieved so much, those legislative wins are really starting to mount up and take their toll on me.

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            • robertguyton

               /  August 12, 2018

              Be strong, David; there’s far more happening behind the scenes than you can see : keep the Green Faith!

  4. David

     /  August 12, 2018

    Be good to see Act stay if only for their Charter School policy, very pro Maori thing but they were very effective.

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  5. Duperez

     /  August 12, 2018

    If they get their way they’ll have 1/100 MPs instead of 1/120 so a major improvement for them. On tv the new names suggested included the ‘Freedom’ party. Plenty of scope there for slogans: Freedom United Cares With Income TaxeS.🙃

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