ACT New Zealand is a political party in New Zealand that espouses free market classical liberalism in the New Zealand Parliament. According to Template:As of party leader Rodney Hide, the party stands for 'individual freedom, personal responsibility, doing the best for our natural environment and for smaller, smarter government in its goals of a prosperous economy, a strong society, and a quality of life that is the envy of the world'.[1]

The name comes from the initials of the Association of Consumers and Taxpayers, out of which the party grew in 1993. The party is commonly known by the acronym 'ACT' and pronounced as to rhyme with 'fact', although internal image-makers push the phrase 'the ACT Party'.

Philosophy Edit

ACT bases its philosophy on individual freedom and on personal responsibility.[2] ACT states its principles and policy objectives as:Template:Citequote

  • That individuals are the rightful owners of their own lives and therefore have inherent freedoms and responsibilities
  • That the proper purpose of government is to protect such freedoms and not to assume such responsibilities.
Policy objectives

Current issuesEdit

ACT New Zealand Template:As of focuses on two main policy areas: taxation and crime. ACT advocates lowering tax rates and also supports something approaching a flat tax, in which tax rates would not be graduated based on wealth or income, so every taxpayer would pay the same proportion of their income in tax. The flat tax rate that ACT wants to target would be approximately 15%. The target being that there would be no tax on the first $25000 for those who opt out of Government accident, sickness and healthcare cover.[3] Aligned to the lower tax proposal, ACT also wants to reduce or remove some Government programmes which it sees as unnecessary and wasteful and to increase self-reliance by encouraging individuals to take responsibility to pay for services traditionally paid for by Government.

Other policies ACT advocates include:

  1. Rodney Hide, "Speech to ACT Auckland Regional Conference, 30 July 2006"
  2. ACT's Pledge To New Zealand, reported on 19 May 2008
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