Policies
Health

Rising government expenditure on health has failed to deliver improved health outcomes for our society, or improved results for patients. We need to make structural changes to the way health is delivered, before we consider spending more money for little gain in service levels.

There is too much bureaucracy in health, and the model of having twenty DHBs of 11 members is broken.

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Education

On average we will increase teacher salaries by $17,700 per teacher. This will enable the best teachers to stay in the classroom, and elevate teaching as a profession.

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Tax

ACT’S fundamental belief is that the government should spend less of your money.

You earned it, and you are the best person to decide how to spend or invest it.

The Government’s accounts show surpluses rising every year. In the next few years they’ll add up to over $20 billion. Only ACT will give that money back to you, and deliver a tax cut with no cuts to core services like health, education or police.

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Principles

Free speech, free trade, limited and smarter government, the rule of law and secure property rights are at the core of our principles.

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Law and Order

ACT says we need to be both tough and smart on crime. Firstly, we need to ensure the worst offenders are put behind bars. But secondly, we need to stop the offenders who leave prison from returning to criminal activity.

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Housing

The high cost of housing is pushing costs on to taxpayers as the government increases spending on emergency housing, Income-Related Rent subsidies, and Accommodation Supplements.

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Economy

ACT promotes more efficient government spending with lower flatter taxes and no new taxes. Less tax leads to a more productive economy with high growth and low unemployment.

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Superannuation

The current Superannuation scheme is unsustainable. The longer the delay in taking measures to restore the long-term affordability of super the worse the problem will become.

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Conservation and the Environment

ACT values the environment. Clean water, fresh air, efficient disposal of waste and the preservation of natural and historical features are all important for quality of life.

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Transport

ACT believes that the use of technology and entrepreneurship should be encouraged in transport. Ride-sharing, car-sharing, congestion charging and high occupancy toll lanes should be introduced and/or encouraged.

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Immigration

ACT will continue to be a pro-immigration party, honouring our heritage as a nation of immigrants, while trimming back overly generous entitlements such as pensions after only ten years’ residency.

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Foreign Affairs

New Zealand is a trading nation. Our wealth depends on buying things we can’t produce cheaply and selling things we can produce for high prices to large markets. ACT has always been the strongest supporter of free trade in New Zealand Parliament.

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Welfare and the Family

ACT considers that an important part of the state’s role is to act as insurance for those who fall on hard times, but recognises that it is ultimately only there to provide to those who could not otherwise provide for themselves.

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Rural New Zealand

ACT knows that rural and regional New Zealand are where our wealth is created. We will make National take rural issues seriously and address the problems they’ve ignored for far too long.

ACT believes that Government should interfere as little as possible with how you run your farm or business, and how you live your life.

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