ACT’s Hillary Calvert Sounds OK

This is the lady who came on board to replace David Garret. An excellent press release on the MCA bill-

“ACT New Zealand Maori Affairs Spokesman Hilary Calvert today questioned whether, when labelling opponents of the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill as ‘clowns’ and paranoids’, Attorney-General Chris Finlayson was also referring to National list candidate and constitutional law expert Stephen Franks.

“In his submission, Stephen Franks called the Bill ‘unprincipled, dishonest and damaging’ and described it as ‘the translation to law of misleading political slogans’. Does this make him a ‘clown’ or ‘paranoid’?” Ms Calvert said.

“Does Mr Finlayson regard Mr Franks as a ‘clown’ or ‘paranoid’ when he writes that the Bill ‘sets out on a new constitutional course for New Zealand, departing from the promise of equality before the law’?

“Or when Mr Franks says the Bill ‘establishes a poorly defined inherited privilege to give trumping power over resource management decisions of democratically elected local government’? Or when he writes that it ‘deliberately introduces vague and undefined terms, and leaves irresistible incentives for hapu, iwi and citizens to spend years litigating to determine the boundaries of new and undefined privileges, and who may claim entitlement to them’?

“What about when he writes that ‘the mainstream of the Maori Party has made it clear that this Bill is seen as simply a down payment’ and that ‘in those circumstances, there is no point in generous concessions and sacrifices of principle and constitutional barbarisms’?

“Is Mr Franks a ‘clown’ or ‘paranoid’ for writing that the Bill ‘covertly creates a form of exploitation right for iwi and hapu’ and that ‘exploitation of the rights it would grant will foster the naked exercise of political advantage for profit’? Or that the powers given in this Bill ‘will generate continual perceptions (or the reality) of political corruption, especially if the Maori Party hold the balance of power’?

“The Attorney-General is obstinately ignoring the fact that his new foreshore and seabed Bill is deeply flawed, and that it is opposed by Maori and non-Maori alike. Rather than resorting to childishly abusing opponents of this Bill he should simply withdraw it and allow iwi and hapu to have their claims heard in open court,” Ms Calvert said.”



Categories: NZ Politics

15 replies

  1. Congratulations! A much-needed and long overdue true conservative voice in NZ politics. And the site looks good–clean and bright.
    Give ’em hell!

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  2. Thanks Keith. Appreciate the good wishes from you immensely.

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  3. Congratulations, R.B.. I shall be visiting and posting here.
    Regards.

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  4. Thank you Erikter. Appreciate your support. I see I’m getting negative Kharma already. Ain’t it great to be so well liked?

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  5. Yeah, congrats as well Red.
    The only trouble is is that there are only 24 hours in the day, and no doubt yours will be another “must read” blog. I’m sure I’ll be able to rise to the challenge, though ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  6. “The only trouble is is that there are only 24 hours in the day.”

    Cut your sleep period back to 2 hours and you should manage OK. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for your support Kris.

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  7. Well done Red. I have come to really appreciate your views over your time to CR.

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  8. Thank you Charmaine. I will still be posting at CR. Keith is a good friend and we pledged each other support. This blog will have a slightly more NZ flavour.

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  9. Good post RB. It looks like the Honourable Tinkerbell is getting upset.

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  10. Hi RB , I saw Hillary’s maiden speech in the house and was pretty sure she knew what she was there for.I reckon she will do a good job for the hardworking taxpayers who expect honesty and integrity from their politicians.
    Great to see your blog and congrats!

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  11. Thanks for your good wishes guys. I think National are due far more criticism from the so called right than what they are currently receiving elsewhere, and this blog is an attempt to correct that situation. There is plenty of criticism from the left, not near enough from the right.

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  12. From the little I’ve read about Calvert, she looks like she will be a good asset for ACT. Hopefully, with her entering Parliament and ACT doing some spring cleaning, they might be able to get some clear air between now and the election next year to make a decent run.

    The way Key and his cronies are going, once ACT recover from their self-inflicted wounds I reckon they should be good for 8-10% of the party vote, but we’ll see. The MSM hate them and that always counts against them.

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  13. “The way Key and his cronies are going, once ACT recover from their self-inflicted wounds I reckon they should be good for 8-10% of the party vote, but weโ€™ll see. ”

    Ambitious indeed.. ๐Ÿ™‚ I cannot see it. ACT carries too much baggage, and as you rightly point out, they have been badly tarnished by a successful campaign against them by the left wing media.

    I still reckon another party possibly led by Don Brash or someone like him is the way to go. Why? Traction and momentum. They count for a lot in an election. ACT hasn’t got any, and I can’t see them getting any. New party is the answer.

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  14. I think you’re right. The brand is too badly damaged. They will, however, still have Epsom to fall back on.

    I probably mis-spoke (kind of like Chris Fa’afoi). Let’s re-phrase it to

    “There’s no reason a genuinely centre-right party wouldn’t be good for 8-10%.”

    I’d love to see Brash as perhaps the brains in a Deputy position. I think his brand has also been damaged by the lies the bilious bitch spread about him in 2005, and by the ACT-style treatment he gets from the MSM. The trick would be getting a sufficiently well-known and electable person to step in as Leader (knowing that Brash is really running the show). I haven’t looked, but there must be some electorate where ACT stood a candidate in 2005 or 2008 where they came close? That would be a good seat for a new party to target.

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  15. “Ambitious indeed.. ๐Ÿ™‚ I cannot see it. ACT carries too much baggage, and as you rightly point out, they have been badly tarnished by a successful campaign against them by the left wing media.

    I still reckon another party possibly led by Don Brash or someone like him is the way to go. Why? Traction and momentum. They count for a lot in an election. ACT hasnโ€™t got any, and I canโ€™t see them getting any. New party is the answer.”

    RB, I am very active in the ACT Party. There is a lot of work in keeping a party going let alone starting one from scratch. There is one major flaw in your idea for a new party. That is does Don Brash want to start one? Who else who could attract the votes and is making themselves available?

    It is true that ACT has had internal problems. Do you think a new party would not have the same problems? You just have to look at the blogs to see the potential for conflict within a new party if it did form. You are right about the left wing media but do you think they would do the same to any new party as they have done to ACT?

    If someone did start a new party and it was moderately successful but did not reach the 5% it could mean the end of ACT. This would mean a National led government wholly dependant the Maori Party at best. The alternative would be coalition of Labour, the Greens and the Maori Party.

    Unfortunately ACT like parties of the far left attract extremists who are happy to destroy the party if it adopts policies not to their liking.

    There are ACT policies I do not like but I am not going to state them here or on another public forum. If I feel strongly enough about an issue I raise it to an ACT MP or a board member. I have been successful in my lobbying in the past because I have volunteered to work for the party in various ways. The party as some portray is not a dictatorship run by Rodney.

    If people do not want to see coalitions governments with the Maori Party or the Maori Party and the Greens having a major influence then I suggest they join ACT and volunteer. However, if you expect to have everything your own way you might be better joining another party.

    If ACT disappears after the next election which may be as early as July then is the time to look at forming a new party. On their present form I think ACT will more than likely be there but they would be there in greater numbers if those on the right were prepared to help rather than criticise.

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