Source: ACT Party
Headline: Free Press Monday 18 February 2018
Last Week in Parliament
The Government continued to roll out unimaginative and damaging legislation. The bill to abolish Partnership Schools shows a Government with no vision other than ideological utu and union payback. David Seymour ripped into them here. Jacinda Ardern’s pet project of Child Poverty Reduction is not about child poverty but measuring differences in income. Here is Seymour on the bill.
Government in Trouble on Partnership Schools
Even students think student politicians are silly, and a Government of barely graduated student politicians can get into trouble quickly. Chris Hipkins’ repeated prejudiced statements against the schools leaves him open to judicial review on the grounds of bias if he tries to terminate their contracts with the Crown.
Banana Republic Stuff
The Government’s behavior on Partnership Schools undermines the rule of law. The rule of law requires all cases to be treated equally without favoritism, but Government Ministers appear to have been attempting deals with some schools under the table. Willie Jackson has boasted that he had assurances his Partnership School would be looked after on Newstalk ZB last week.
More to Come
Free Press expects fresh revelations of secret meetings by Government Ministers in Parliament this week. The Government’s treatment of Partnership Schools is turning from clumsy and vindictive to scandalous. Every New Zealander should be worried about how the Government is doing business here.
How You Can Help
ACT has started an online petition to save Partnership Schools. You can sign it here at www.savecharters.kiwi. Please share it with your friends, forward it by email asking them to lend their support to these schools. Post it on your Facebook account. We will present it to Parliament and the more signatories the better.
End of Life Choice Campaign Steps Up a Gear
ACT has released a series of powerful videos from New Zealanders who support choice. They are Rachel Rypma of Christchurch, who has Huntington’s Disease, David Seymour (not the ACT Leader) of Whangarei who has Motor Neuron Disease, Bobbie Carroll of Piha who has a rare form of cancer. None of these people want to die, but they are ill, and they want choice when their time comes. There are also videos from New Zealander of the Year and GP Dr Lance O’Sullivan, and Lecretia Seales’ widower Matt Vickers. You can watch the first video here. Please watch for more videos and share share share.
These videos are powerful. There were a lot of tears at the launch today. It is important that they are seen by those who want to deny choice, because they bring home the reality people face under current law. Please do not ignore them.
Meanwhile in ACT
If you are an ACT member, you should have received an email from David Seymour and Beth Houlbrooke about the next 2 ½ years for the Party. Included is an invitation to attend ACT’s regional conferences where the Party will be consulting its members.
Regional Conference Dates
Auckland: This Saturday February 24th. Wellington This Sunday February 25th. Hamilton Saturday March 17th. South Island Dates and Locations TBD. If you are a member and have not received an invitation, please email the Party General Manager firstname.lastname@example.org