A short speech given to a Canterbury trade union “meet the candidates” function, by ACT Christchurch central candidate, Toni Severin
Thank you for inviting me here tonight. I welcome the opportunity to ask you all to give ACT your party vote in the upcoming general Election.
Why should workers and their representatives support the ACT party?
As a worker myself, a former PSA delegate, turned small business person, I came to ACT because I believe that ACT’s policies are best for ALL new Zealanders.
We believe that our policies of extensive and ongoing tax cuts for all, will put more money in workers pockets without the bureaucracies and waste so intrinsic in government re-distribution policies.
We believe that our policy of giving every New Zealand child an educational scholarship will give parents far more choice and children far more chance of achieving their potential. ACT’s educational policies will benefit affluent and poorer families alike by giving them the power to purchase the very best education possible for their children. We believe more than anything else that greater educational opportunities are the best path to prosperity for ALL New Zealanders. This policy is the greatest reason why I personally support ACT.
Unions have nothing to fear form an ACT influenced government. ACT is the party of the level playing field.
We believe the state should neither penalise nor favour business, churches, sporting organisations or any other social institution, including trade unions.
If unions are competitive, non coercive, well run and offer real benefits to their membership, they will thrive under an ACT influenced government.
ACT is pro worker, but union neutral. If you are good servants to your members, then good luck to you. If you are poor servants you will fall by the wayside, just as you should.
When the famous US union leader Samuel Gompers was asked what his members really wanted, his reply was simple-“MORE”.
ACT’s low tax policies will give workers MORE money in their pockets, MORE job and promotional opportunities, MORE business opportunities, MORE choice in educational opportunities for their children, MORE choice and quality in health care, MORE freedom to live their own lives and choose their own pathways to happiness and security.
To achieve those goals ACT needs MORE MPs in Parliament and MORE votes. That is why I am humbly asking for YOURS.
Thankyou very much for your time.