ACT Party – organised and more than one MP

David Seymour has been the sole representative in Parliament for the ACT Party for six years, but polls suggest he will be joined by several colleagues after this election. They look like fresh and young team, and they look organised, having already announced a number of policies.

Their biggest problem this election is not themselves but their only possible coalition partner, National, who look like a dated party and are very disorganised.

Seymour has been successful on his own but the party leadership will have wider appeal than a sole MP, with ex adviser Brooke van Veldon now deputy leader.

Brooke van Velden is ACT’s candidate for Wellington Central.

Brooke left the private sector to work behind the scenes in Parliament to pass the End of Life Choice Act. She is a highly effective operator who knows how to deliver real positive change in the corridors of power.

Brooke is qualified in international trade and economics and has been a factory worker and corporate affairs consultant. Her practical and political experience has given her a deep understanding of the economy and the effect big government policies and rushed laws have on businesses and individuals.

She switched from being a Green voter to an Act supporter while studying economics at university. The ability for free markets to lift countries from hardship was a revelation for her. She is also a committed social liberal, championing the right to autonomy over our own bodies.

They also have the ‘gun lobby’ on side with Council of Licenced Firearms Owners spokesperson Nicole McKee at number 3 on their list.

Nicole is ACT’s candidate for Rongotai

Nicole is a small business owner, who delivered firearms safety education in rural and isolated communities for the New Zealand Police. She also has a background in law, firearms component imports, and was the coordinator of the nation’s volunteer firearms safety instructors for the Mountain Safety Council and the spokesperson for the Council of Licenced Firearms Owners and its Fair and Reasonable Campaign.

ACT have already launched their anti-gang policy- see ACT policy targeting gangs and their proceeds.

In the weekend they announced two more policies:

Mental health and addiction services to empower New Zealanders

“A new approach to mental health and addiction will reduce bureaucracy, improve patient choice, and empower New Zealanders,” says ACT’s Deputy Leader and Health Spokesperson Brooke van Velden.

“We need an approach that will solve the big problems identified in the Government’s Mental Health Inquiry:

• Inequity of access and lack of choice
• Too much confusion and bureaucracy
• People having to navigate a web of agencies
• No whole-of-government approach
• Too much burden placed on primary healthcare providers who are not always well-equipped.

“The Government has established a Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission, but it does not have real power to improve choice or establish a clear, nationwide approach to tackling mental health and addiction.

“ACT would give the Commission the power to transform mental health and addiction services by taking the $2 billion per annum currently spent through the Ministry of Health and DHBs, and channelling it to providers and patients through an upgraded Commission.

“The Commission would be renamed Mental Health and Addiction New Zealand (MHANZ).

“MHANZ would not be a provider of services, but a world-class commissioning agency that assesses individual needs and contracts the best providers for a person’s therapy and care. It would put people at the heart of the system.

Fair, modern employment insurance for a post-Covid-19 world

ACT is proposing a fair, modern employment insurance scheme:

• Income tax rates remain unchanged but 0.55 percent of the tax paid would be allocated to a ring-fenced employment insurance fund.

• On the loss of employment, a taxpayer can claim 55 percent of their average weekly earnings over the previous 52 (or fewer) weeks. The maximum yearly payable amount is $60,000.

• Insurance can only be claimed for one week for each five weeks the person has worked, up to a maximum of 26 weeks per claim. Someone who has worked continuously for only one year could claim up to ten weeks’ employment insurance.

• Once a recipient has used up their employment insurance entitlement, they can move to Jobseeker Support and Electronic Income Management would apply. (Under Electronic Income Management, a benefit is issued on an electronic card and restrictions on alcohol, gambling, and tobacco expenditure apply.)

• Over time, the government would adjust the 0.55 percent levy so that the fund balances out over a four-year cycle. In a high unemployment year, the levy would increase. In a low unemployment year, taxpayers would benefit from a levy reduction.

• Those receiving employment insurance would be expected to look for work and report fortnightly on their preparedness to work and job application activity. In practice, recipients would want to get back to work instead of remaining on 55 per cent of their previous income.

“ACT’s employment insurance scheme would be fairer than the current system because people get paid out in proportion to what they pay in, rather than a flat benefit rate regardless of their outgoings or previous tax contributions.

RNZ: ACT leader uses campaign launch to slate government’s Covid-19 response

At the party’s campaign launch in Auckland, ACT president Tim Jago said membership had more than doubled in the last year.

“You’ve seen the polls, certainly 3 percent, nudging 4 percent and we’re hearing stories that the other parties have us at 5 percent,” Jago said.

“We were being written off little more than a year ago as a one-MP party unable to climb above 1 percent.

“We are the only parliamentary party that’s consistently over the past 12 months trended upwards.”

Jago told the crowd of 600 party faithful that they were aiming to get as high as 6 or 7 percent of the party vote, which would give ACT eight MPs.

ACT are targeting small demographics, obviously hoping to grow their vote. In recent polls they got 3.5% and 3.1%, which would be good for 3-4 MPs. ACT could benefit from National being in disarray and pick up support from, so they may get more MPs but fail to get into Government.

 

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  1. John J Harrison

     /  13th July 2020

    What a contrast to Jones and his NZ First launch in Northland.
    All we got from Shane was an unflattering view as he shakes his “ booty “ across the stage.
    No policy but ad hominem attacks on his rival, Matt King.
    ACT has come out of the starters gate with good, sound policy and a record crowd.
    Who has ever seen a party launch exceeding 600 where you had to pay $50 to get in ?
    Amazing !

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    • Blazer

       /  13th July 2020

      Its all good this looney party siphons votes off…National.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  13th July 2020

        Won’t be all good if Nats move Left and prune back your favs, B.

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        • Blazer

           /  13th July 2020

          I do hope you are not implying that the Nats have no….principles!

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  13th July 2020

            We are talking about politicians, B. They can always find a principle to match their current need.

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          • John J Harrison

             /  13th July 2020

            Blazer, talking of principles and your beloved Labour Party.
            Guess who is now being investigated by the SFO ?
            Whoops !

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            • Blazer

               /  13th July 2020

              Look forward to that and other investigations.
              Stuff-‘It has an ongoing investigation in relation to the New Zealand First Foundation and two other separate investigations in relation to Auckland Council and Christchurch City Council mayoral electoral funding.

              A fifth electoral funding matter relates to donations paid to the National Party. That matter is currently before the courts with a trial scheduled for September 2021.

              The charges relate to donations made to the National Party Botany Electorate. One of $100,000 in 2017 and another of $100,050 in 2018.’

    • Duker

       /  13th July 2020

      “Who has ever seen a party launch exceeding 600 where you had to pay $50 to get in ?”
      Did you not see the list of ‘friends of ACT’
      Good to see you made the trip from HB

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  2. Duker

     /  13th July 2020

    ACT want to privatise some more government services, so the wealthy can benefit from ‘insurance’ for unemployment and better class of private mental health services as you know they can ‘top up the charges’ from their own funds

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  13th July 2020

      Social welfare is supposed to be insurance, not a lifestyle.

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    • If someone’s topping up charges out of their own funds, they would be paying out money, not being paid.

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      • Topping up means adding to something to make it up to a certain amount.

        If someone topped up a jar of jam. they would have filled it, not emptied it.

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  3. Blazer

     /  13th July 2020

    ACT has always had the privatisation of Govt assets and services as its main agenda.

    The man who funds ACT knows just how lucrative buying Govt assets on the cheap is.
    All else is just a smoke screen.
    Seymour is actually quite smart just …deluded.

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    • “The man who funds ACT…”

      Over the past two years there have been two major donors to ACT, it looks like a man and a woman.

      In 2017 (election year) there were seven major donors.

      I haven’t seen any clear connection between donors and policies, in contrast to NZ First who have the appearance of rewarding donors with beneficial policies and funding.

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      • Blazer

         /  13th July 2020

        RNZ 2017-‘ACT Party founder Alan Gibbs, along with his former wife, art collector Dame Jenny Gibbs, have donated more than $200,000 to ACT between them this year.’

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        • Actually $221,000 between them. But total ACT donations in 2017 were $783,830.17, so a lot more donors than those two.

          5 donors >$15k totalling $390.900.00
          89 other donors contributed $392,930.17

          So obviously one man doesn’t fund the party.

          Click to access act-new-zealand-annual-return-2017.pdf

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          • Blazer

             /  13th July 2020

            Note who the founder of ACT is.
            Read his story about his Telecom shares and be amazed about the transfer of wealth from the public to 2 individuals.

            Yes he does want some…’more’.

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            • I think it’s safe bet to say that you don’t know what the founder of ACT (nor any of their donors) wants.

              ACT was founded in 1993 by Roger Douglas and Derek Quigley.

              https://teara.govt.nz/en/photograph/34331/act-leader-and-founder-2008

            • No one person funds ACT; no one’s that generous.

              I know who two of the main donors are, and they certainly don’t fund the whole party or anything like it. No, it’s not Alan Gibbs. And it’s not people who want to do what Blazer is saying. Poor old Blazer.He seems to be eaten up with envy of those better off than he is and have to put them down as greedy, dishonest parasites.

            • Blazer

               /  13th July 2020

              RNZ -‘At the other end of the political spectrum, ACT Party founder Alan Gibbs, along with his former wife, art collector Dame Jenny Gibbs, have donated more than $200,000 to ACT between them this year. Retired High Court judge Robert Smellie leads the way among donors to the Labour Party, giving $115,000.’

            • PartisanZ

               /  13th July 2020

              What sorta farm does Alan Gibbs have again …?

              A ‘Sculpture Farm’ you say? What does this type of farm produce?

              Is it a high-value export industry?

              Is it open to the public of Aotearoa New Zealand?

              Oh … What’s it for then?

    • Of course, Blazer may know more than I do about an individual funding ACT. Who is this fairy godfather who’s funding ACT for his own purposes ?

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      • Blazer

         /  13th July 2020

        Yes I know alot about ACT…..a dumping ground for politicians past their use by date funded by as you describe them…’greedy,dishonest,parasites’.

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        • Rubbish, I have never said anything like that about anyone in ACT. Please stop lying about me. It’s stupid to lie about someone whose own words are there to prove that the lie is one. I said that you need to justify the envy that eats you up by putting people down and calling them that.

          You know nothing about ACT. Generalising insults are not knowledge.

          People like Alan Gibb are rich& successful because they have the gumption to work hard and make something of themselves rather than sneering and putting people who do this down. It’s pathetic to see someone trying to disguise their jealousy in this way.

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          • Blazer

             /  13th July 2020

            ‘People like Alan Gibb are rich& successful because they have the gumption to work hard’

            aw gawd….pull the other leg ,it plays a quintet by..Schubert.

            I probably know more about ACT than anyone else on here.

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            • Yeah, right. You are talking to someone who was a founding member of ACT, whose husband was one and who knows many others.But you know more, according to yourself despite never having been to an ACT meeting, I suspect. But making sweeping and baseless insults doesn’t show knowledge, it just makes your envy more obvious.

              If you think that most people who succeed in life do so without hard work, you are out of touch with reality. How do you think that people who are successful do it ? Clue; not by sitting around making envious and spiteful sneering comments about those who have been successful and jealously trying to put them down or whining that they are just parasites.

            • Blazer

               /  13th July 2020

              Yeah right.

              Depends how you define success…I admire people who have talent.

              Being born with a silver ladle in your mouth=no….sense of entitlement=NO.

              Look at your industrial strength green eyed envy of our P.M…no surprises that you do not practice what you ..preach.

  4. NOEL

     /  13th July 2020

    ” Income tax rates remain unchanged but 0.55 percent of the tax paid would be allocated to a ring-fenced employment insurance fund”

    What happens with employee negotiated redundancy agreements?

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