National gives ACT consumer affairs

Written By: - Date published: 9:18 am, November 13th, 2008 - 37 comments
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John Key’s got to be taking the piss with his decision to appoint ACT MP Heather Roy as Minister of Consumer Affairs in the new National/ACT government.

I guess it could have been worse (say, ACT in charge of Labour or Social Development) but you do have to wonder how the Consumer Guarantees Act and regulations protecting the public from unsafe products sit with ACT’s ‘Red Tape and Regulation Policy‘.

That’s the policy where they promise to take an axe to regulations they believe have “smothered productive people with red tape and bureaucracy” (that’s “most of them” according to the policy) and pass law to “make it harder for governments to pass bad regulations in future”.

This is because ACT’s strange libertarian ideology sees regulations as a threat to “freedom”; the freedom, that is, for businesses to do as they please without regulation and for the rest of us to take what we’re given.

It’ll be interesting to see whether John Key can keep ACT under control in the portfolio that makes sure we don’t get ripped off and that the products we buy for ourselves and our families are safe. Given his weak handling of Rodney over the last few days I don’t like his chances.

37 comments on “National gives ACT consumer affairs”

  1. MikeE 1

    You do realise ACT was the Association of Consumers and Taxpayers right….?

  2. Tane 2

    I also realise Kim Jong-il is the President of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. So what?

  3. Tane, awesome. i’m just afraid that might go over MikeE’s head

  4. Akldnut 4

    Hahahaha….. LMAO @ Tane

  5. Tane – Best call this week.

    edit: oh and Garth McVicar is the head of the sensible sentencing trust…

  6. I also realise that Helen Clark is not the Prime Minister of NZ too Tane… what’s your point? You almost went down the Godwins track for a second there!

    [Tane: I’m sure you’re banned, but nevermind, I’m feeling charitable. Clearly not a Godwin bro, my point was to highlight the absurdity of taking literally the names that political organisations choose to give themselves for the purposes of PR. But it’s never quite as funny when you have to explain it…]

  7. tracey 7

    Tane

    That may be one of the best retorts I’ve read this year

  8. toad 8

    Yes, that is a bit of a worry Tane – that, unlike her predecessor as Minister of Consumer Affairs, Heather Roy may actually do something in the portfolio!

  9. Clint – I think the point is that what a group names itself doesn’t necessarily reflect its true values. I see ACT is going to be neutered by National and the Maori Party too. I predict your gloating about “winning” will be voiced in castrato by the end of next year…

  10. toad 10

    And what’s next – David Garrett as Associate Minister of Justice outside Cabinet?

  11. Tigger 11

    Ugh. I’ve always loved how Roy is described “Wife, Mother, Physiotherapist, Soldier, MP.” It’s like the chorus from a Shania Twain song…

    I can so see a bunch of children going up in smoke as their unregulated flammable Chinese pjs catch fire.

  12. jtuckey 12

    You choose to disparage Heather Roy when the current Minister is Judith Tizzard ……… go figure ?

    Edit … oops I see Toad has already made the same point.

  13. tigger, also for a supposedly individualist party isn’t it incredible they lead her definition with ‘wife’

  14. I can so see a bunch of children going up in smoke as their unregulated flammable Chinese pjs catch fire.

    Look Tigger – kids burning in their PJs will send a market signal by discouraging the further purchase of said pajamas and ensure that flammability-issues are dealt with in an efficient and non-bureaucratic manner…

    Besides, the kid’s’ll have private hospitals to look after them… What’s your problem???

  15. The Association of Consumers and Taxpayers is actually a separate organisation (and always has been) and was formed off the back of Douglas’s book Unfinished Business (1993). ACT was formed in 1994 as the political wing after the introduction of MMP was confirmed.

    The more interesting point to note about Roy’s impending appointment is that ACT has been palmed off with something fairly “cheap”. The fact that Judith Tizard was given the job for the last three years emphasises this.

    A cheap portfolio for Heather Roy suggests that the pay-off for Hide may be fairly substantial, or that negotiated policy gains are large.

    Geoffrey
    Douglas to Dancing – ACT Watch
    http://douglastodancing.blogspot.com

  16. Dave 16

    Must be a pisstake, surely? I just think that in order for John Key to get a next term, he has to do as little as possible and keep all these squabbling factions at bay, just take credit for Helen and Michael’s hard work…

    Let’s watch him age 10 years in the next six months 🙂

  17. Matthew Pilott 17

    Tane, after what’s going on in Auckland, i’d also like to point out that the council ticket was ‘citizens and ratepayers’ (clearly more worried about the latter than the former). But yours was far, far funnier.

    P.s. look at the time stamp – two minutes! Someone’s had too much coffee.

    P.p.s. this looks like a recipe for disaster. Melamine II anyone?

  18. Well it is no surprise that you are not giving Heather a chance already… and she hasn’t even started the job yet. Please tell me this isn’t the tone for your years in opposition? All that gracious talk after the election surely wasn’t made up was it?

    [lprent: I think that you’re making up your stories. If you read my comments on the day after you’d know exactly what I thought. I wasn’t ‘gracious’, I also wasn’t disparaging, I just got on with blogging. Can’t think of a good reason to give a politician an inch. Besides Heather has always looked more than a bit of a loon from her press releases.]

  19. Tane 19

    I never talked about graciousness after the election. I want those Tory bastards out.

  20. Stephen 20

    Clint, what would you want to see from Heather in this role? Most people would see this role as a ‘consumer protection’ one – as has been said, how does this fit with ACT’s…’hands off’ approach?

  21. But…But…but Tane – aren’t we all supposed to give Key a honeymoon??? Poor John, you’re being so unfair!!!

  22. QoT 22

    Yeah, Tane, we’re supposed to be giving That Nice Mr Key a break! After all, he has no governmental experience, it’s a fresh start, time to settle in, not that any of those things stopped him running for the damn job or anything.

  23. Tane 23

    Yeah, I know, I know. What do you guys reckon is a fair honeymoon period? Six months? A year? A full term? Or just for the first 100 days while he rams through all the really unpopular stuff?

  24. bill brown 24

    Consumer, protect thy self?

  25. Quoth the Raven 25

    Graciousness? May I kiss your hand sire. Step all over me. What a blessing. Come your highness they await you. Bow to your new masters….

  26. bobo 26

    Does this open the door again on a possible merger between Qantas & Air NZ , does the commerce commission come under this portfolio ? I think the aussie CC rejected the merger anyway.

  27. Lampie 27

    here Rodnie, Minister of Fashion

  28. Vinsin 28

    Lampie, I just threw up in my hand after reading your comment.

  29. “MikeE

    You do realise ACT was the Association of Consumers and Taxpayers right .?”

    I thought it was the association of C&@ts and Thieves, but I probably shouldn’t use that kind of language around here!

    [lprent: it usually isn’t that wise. We don’t tend to moderate language per se, but it does draw our interest]

  30. Lampie 30

    Think many a people did in Newmarket too Vinsin lol

  31. randal 31

    well I am a conusmer and I demand an affair right away
    ok?

  32. Phil 32

    Consumer, protect thy self?

    Caveat Emptor – let the buyer beware. (there’s an election joke in there somewhere)

    Randal, words fail me.

  33. anybody know where she stands on prices.. inflationary or..? OR a case of dont ask dont tell..

  34. Vinsin 34

    Considering Act pride themselves on a hands off approach to business i would imagine she’d side with the latter part of your comment Northpaw.

  35. Tigger 35

    SP – indeed! I mean, how hard is it to get married. Well, unless you’re gay of course… 🙂

    I see her second greatest achievement is mother. Hope she doesn’t mind when her kids keel over from all the lead in imported, unregulated toys…

    Also, ‘soldier’? Are we meant to think that makes her badass? I see her involvement as a ‘soldier’ is this:
    “she is in the engineering corps of 5 Wellington West Coast Taranaki (WWCT) Battalion Group”.

    So she ‘soldiers’ for Taranaki? Look, I’m from the Naki originally. If someone wants to invade it by all means, go ahead!

  36. Oliver 36

    I watched the election with staff from the Ministry of Economic Development who actually jumped up clapping and cheering when they heard that Tizard was voted out.

    One small example as Minister of Consumer Affairs she rewrote legislation because she couldn’t get her favourite radio-station on Waiheke Island. Of course the new requirements meant that every car dealer had to rewrite and reprint all their signage and information for selling cars at what cost.

  37. Rodel 37

    Are there any ZAP members or ex members in Mr Hide’s group of MPs? Does anyone know?

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Step Too Far.
    A Crown Asset? For reasons relating to its own political convenience, the Crown pretends to believe that “No one owns the water.” To say otherwise would re-vivify the promises contained in the Treaty of Waitangi – most particularly those pertaining to the power of the chiefs and their proprietary rights ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Where Money Comes From
    Most people would say, no doubt, that they have a pretty good idea of what money is. They live with the reality of money every day. It is what is needed to buy the necessities of life and to maintain a decent standard of living. You get money, they would ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Banned by the Green Party leadership: Jill Abigail on women’s rights and trans rights
    The article below was an opinion piece that appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Te Awa (the NZ Green Party’s newsletter) and on the Greens website.  In keeping with their policy of hostility to women defending women’s right to female-only spaces, Green bureaucrats have since removed the opinion piece.  ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The fallacy of the proximity argument.
    Longer term readers may remember my complaining that, as a political scientist, it is burdensome to have non-political scientists wanting to engage me about politics. No layperson would think to approach an astrophysicist and lecture him/her on the finer details of quarks and black holes, but everybody with an opinion ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Where We Stood: Chris Trotter Replies To Stevan Eldred-Grigg.
    Joining The Fight: Stevan Eldred-Grigg's argument for New Zealand staying out of the Second World War fails not only on the hard-headed grounds of preserving the country’s strategic and economic interests; and not just on the soft-hearted grounds of duty and loyalty to the nation that had given New Zealand ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Universities back the climate strike
    On September 27, School Strike 4 Climate will be striking for a future to pressure the government for meaningful climate action. This time, they've asked adults to join them. And now, Lincoln University and Victoria University of Wellington have signed on:Victoria University of Wellington has joined Lincoln University in endorsing ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Another constitutional outrage
    Another day, another constitutional outrage in the UK. This time, the government is saying that if parliament passes a law to stop Brexit before being prorogued, they may just ignore it:A senior cabinet minister has suggested Boris Johnson could defy legislation to prevent a no-deal Brexit if it is forced ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ending dairy in Canterbury
    Environment Canterbury has finally proposed nitrogen limits to stop dairy farmers from poisoning Christchurch's water supply. And naturally, farmers are whining about it:A proposed move by Environment Canterbury (ECan) to protect Christchurch's drinking water by setting tough – some would say, draconian – nitrate reductions in the decades ahead and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Is National the party of climate arson?
    The Zero Carbon Bill is currently before select committee. While its targets are weak, its a generally sensible bill that promises to establish a long-term framework to guide emissions reductions. But National hasn't made up its mind on whether it will support it - and according to Andrea Vance in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Experts warn Harold the Giraffe “well past” typical giraffe life expectancy, may not have long
    Dum-de-doo. Children across New Zealand have known him for generations as the lovable giraffe who tells them to exercise, hydrate and not to shove lit cigarettes up their nostrils. But a world renowned giraffe expert says we shouldn’t be getting attached to Life Education’s Harold the Giraffe, as he is ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • August ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: 22 BLOGGERS WITH ADVICE FOR RESEARCHERS AND EVALUATORS, ILLUSTRATED I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Bye, bye to the collusion lie
    Sums it up, really. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Opinion: Treat your car by buying extra petrol to snack on while you aren’t driving
    By Mike Hosking. Yesterday morning, I waltzed into work, and as I walked past the drones aggressively typing out news on the computers I’ve repeatedly asked to be moved further away from, I caught a glimpse of the words “climate change”, and noticed that suspiciously they weren’t in condescending quotation ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • US imperialism, Huawei, racism and imperial anxiety
    by Tony Norfield US political opinion against China has two solid bases. The first is the longstanding racist and protectionist sentiment in the white working class; the second is a more recent anxiety about China’s economic prowess in America’s ruling elite. This article notes some historical aspects of anti-Chinese racism ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago

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