Tuesday, February 05, 2013

ACT Conference 2013

I was sent a a book of columns by Jamie Whyte, who is guest speaker at ACT's conference in a couple of weeks. The first few columns (all I've read so far) are very entertaining. For instance, in The Good Life With David Cameron, published in the Wall St Journal, he questions the idea of using divorce statistics as a factor in the calculation of Gross National Happiness (the newfangled alternative to GDP) when his own divorce contributed to his  personal happiness. Ultimately, what business does government have trying to measure such things anyway? Along with economist Eric Crampton of the unusually sane Offsetting Behaviour blog, two very apt speakers for an ACT Conference:

Media Advisory

ACT’s Line of Speakers to the Annual Conference on Saturday 23 February at Gibbs Farm, Kaukapakapa

Keynote addresses:

Jamie Whyte - Head of Research and Publishing at the management consultancy firm Oliver Wyman, a fellow of the Institute of Economic Affairs and a senior fellow of the Adam Smith Institute.

Mr Whyte will speak at 12.05pm

Hon John Banks - Leader - ACT New Zealand,

Mr Banks’ Leader’s address is at 2.15pm

Hon John Boscawen - Incoming ACT President, Former ACT MP and Minister of Consumer Affairs

Mr Boscawen’s Presidential address is at 12.40pm


Other speakers:

Alan Gibbs - Businessman, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist
Cameron Brewer - Auckland Council member, Publicist
Greg Fleming - CEO, Maxim Institute
Hon Rodney Hide - Former ACT Leader, Economist and Founding Chairman of ACT
Catherine Isaac - Chair of the Partnership Schools / Kura Hourua Working Group
Dr Eric Crampton - Senior Economics Lecturer, Canterbury University
....any enquiries should go to info@act.org.nz. Or 09 523 0470.Lunch is provided in the rego price and there will be a shuttle leaving Newmarket to the Farm and return also. That will save people having to drive there if they don’t want to do that.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

What and utter and complete waste of time and energy.

Richard said...

Meh.

Johnny said...

Yep. Years of my life put into ACT, and only thing to show for it is the absence of the Broadcasting fee. Thanks for that much anyway, Muriel.

Anonymous said...

What anon 6:53 said heather roy and roger douglas ensured the party is finished..

Lindsay Mitchell said...

But Heather Roy and Roger Douglas don't appear on the list of speakers.

Blair said...

"What and utter and complete waste of time and energy."

"Yep. Years of my life put into ACT, and only thing to show for it is the absence of the Broadcasting fee. Thanks for that much anyway, Muriel."

"What anon 6:53 said heather roy and roger douglas ensured the party is finished.."


Given that ACT is (still) in government and implementing Charter Schools, one of its key founding policies, I find these comments bizarre.

I can only assume these are disgruntled Rodney supporters upset their man was shafted. Well ACT should be glad to be rid of them. Clearly, like the man himself, they were more interested in talking about freedom and choice than implementing it.

John Banks has been the most successful ACT Leader in the party's history. If you are on the side of freedom and want to make things happen, I suggest you take the vessel, imperfect as it may be, and run with it.

libertyscott said...

The last gasp of a project being strung out by the power lusters.

Good luck to those who go, time to create a reputable think tank and back a new project.

The energy put into this is wasted.

Viking said...

Really Blair. Do tell us what he actually done, completed and in existance since he gained his residence again.

libertyscott said...

"John Banks has been the most successful ACT Leader in the party's history"

and people say political satire is dead in New Zealand, that's the funniest thing I've read about NZ politics in ages.

Blair said...

"John Banks has been the most successful ACT Leader in the party's history"

and people say political satire is dead in New Zealand, that's the funniest thing I've read about NZ politics in ages.


It's only funny because it's true. If you judge success by core policies implemented, then John Banks is indeed ACT's most successful leader.

Personally I think that counts for something, and I say that as someone who thought he would be a complete and utter disaster.

That people won't recognise what Banksy has achieved says that they were never interested in changing things in the first place, and they are part of the problem in ACT, not part of the solution.

Manolo said...

ACT is dead with the National Party-stooge Banks as "leader".