Waatea News Column: The Breadth of ACT’s Policy Platform

The scale and scope of the ACT’s attack on the state is as breathtaking as it is alarming.

ACT believes in the hard right mantra less state, more market and David Seymour’s desire to cripple the Ministry of Youth, the Ministry of Women, the Ministry of Pacific Peoples, the Ministry of Ethnic Affairs, the Ministry of Maori Affairs as well as Human Rights. Commission is the most extreme political platforming seen since Rogernomics roamed this country in the 1980s.

This is on top of billions in cuts to welfare, Kiwisaver, winter heat payments, interest-free student loan payments, working payments for families and best start payments.

National’s reliance on ACT to form a government will be the first time National has had to rely solely on ACT, giving David enormous leverage to form the most right-wing government New Zealand has ever seen.

This amputation of state capacity is justified because none of these ministries earns money, but the Ministry of Youth, the Ministry of Women, the Ministry of Pacific Peoples, the Ministry of Ethnic Affairs, the Ministry Maori Affairs and the Human Rights Commission MUST NOT MAKE MONEY!

It’s not their job!

Their job is to provide political voice and representation to make our democracy worthwhile, they are not there to generate revenue or be judged on market KPIs.

There are things that are worth more than dollars and cents in a democracy and ACT’s desecration of those values ​​in the name of such mundane cost estimates shows us a Party that knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

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The ultra-right nature of ACT’s policies should alarm anyone who cares about civil society in New Zealand.

First published on Waatea News.