Boscawen to be ACT’s parliamentary leader

May 3rd, 2011 at 12:50 pm by David Farrar

Don Brash has just announced that will be ’s parliamentary leader. This is a rapid promotion for a first term MP. Presumably he remains Deputy Leader and will stay on in that role after the election, if re-elected.

Congratulations to John for his promotion.

UPDATE: Rodney Hide is remaining Local Government Minister, on the grounds he is steering important legislation through Parliament. I suspect the real reason is that if Rodney was forced onto the backbench, then he would have no incentive to play nice. Rodney has confirmed he will retire at the election.

Boscawen is surrendering his portfolios. Not sure if they will be picked up by a current Minister or a new Minister. And Hilary Calvert has become the party whip. So Heather is the only one missing out. So what salary changes are there:

  • Rodney remains on $209,100
  • John Boscawen goes from $209,100 to $155,780 (the party leader rate)
  • Hilary Calvert goes from $134,800 to $148,500
  • Sir Roger and Heather remain on $134,800
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51 Responses to “Boscawen to be ACT’s parliamentary leader”

  1. gee90 (90 comments) says:

    Hide stares down Brash. Don blinks.

    So, the dynamic new broom is already losing its strength. Did it come with a warranty?

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  2. David Garrett (7,558 comments) says:

    A very sensible result given the circumstances.

    I think you have Hilary’s salary increase wrong DPF…from memory it is only and extra $4000 p.a for being whip (at least the repeaters will now be getting her position right) rather than the $14,000 you suggest.

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  3. Pete George (23,687 comments) says:

    They would have pissed off a lot of Act supporters and potential supporters if they had demoted Boscawen, and he was about the only reasonable choice to promote.

    Interesting that while Roy has been presumed to be highly supportive of rolling Hide I have seen no indication of whether she supported the Brash move. She is either notably not being rewarded, or not considered good for votes.

    Isn’t whip a big ask for someone who has been in parliament five minutes? Reward for the support switch? Or no one else considered for the job.

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  4. David Garrett (7,558 comments) says:

    PG: a big ask…like most of what happens in there, there is more to it than you think…

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  5. krazykiwi (9,186 comments) says:

    Good decision. I’ve met John a few times and he has always impressed me as a good listener, a clear thinker and someone with a bias for action. Congrats John..!

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  6. Lucia Maria (2,609 comments) says:

    John Boscawen goes from $209,100 to $155,780 (the party leader rate)

    Is that the right way round? Looks like a huge demotion, money-wise!

    [DPF: Ministers get paid more than party leaders, except Opposition Leader]

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  7. berend (1,716 comments) says:

    These appear to be an imminently sensible moves, I must admit more sensible I dared to hope, and in fact appear to mirror Cactus Kate proposals. Don is off to a good start, it made no sense not to get some kind of spending cap through parliament, or at least get the Nats to vote against it, as they undoubtedly will.

    Nats and spending limits are like fire and water. Borrowing $300 million a week is more the act they like.

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  8. Pete George (23,687 comments) says:

    Lucia Maria, money shouldn’t have been a consideration for Act, they needed to come up with a sensible, stable transition looking forward to the election and beyond.

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  9. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,753 comments) says:

    How much of a pay cut will Bill English take after 26 November 2011?

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  10. somewhatthoughtful (467 comments) says:

    Why, dear god who as an athiest I don’t believe in, why, is that complete waste of carbon Hilary Calvert getting a PAY RISE?? I mean seriously, ACT, at least vet your candidates better. FFS

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  11. Elaycee (4,410 comments) says:

    @ OECD 1.36pm.

    “How much of a pay cut will Bill English take after 26 November 2011?”

    Probably not as much as the one that Helen Clark received (courtesy of the electorate) on 8th November 2008!

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  12. Courage Wolf (557 comments) says:

    Lucia Maria (667) Says:
    May 3rd, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    John Boscawen goes from $209,100 to $155,780 (the party leader rate)

    Is that the right way round? Looks like a huge demotion, money-wise!

    I don’t think he would be particularly concerned given that he is apparently already a millionaire.

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  13. DJP6-25 (1,389 comments) says:

    So far so good. I still wouldn’t mind popping back to NZ for a couple of days either side of the election. Won’t happen though.

    cheers

    David Prosser

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  14. campit (467 comments) says:

    So when is the announcement that John Banks will stand for ACT in Epsom?

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  15. David Garrett (7,558 comments) says:

    DJP: Just make sure you enrol, and actually vote! (And tell all your right minded friends to do likewise…)

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  16. Rex Widerstrom (5,354 comments) says:

    So we’re about to get seven months of seeing what could have been if Act had kept it’s nerve, and replaced Rodney in an orderly fashion with someone who exudes integrity as opposed to petulance.

    I suspect post-election, having swapped John for Don, Actoids are going to get that creeping “WTF did I just do?” feeling one gets when one contemplates having left the level headed, intelligent, loyal but perhaps a little unexciting wife for the stripper who seemed to have a great future on Dancing With the Stars… till the sun rose and a reality check occurred, anyway :-D

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  17. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Approved.

    Startling contrast to the nasty things that take place at the other end of the spectrum.

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  18. David Garrett (7,558 comments) says:

    Rex: wonderful imagery there…I am sure I’ve met that stripper…

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  19. publicwatchdog (2,823 comments) says:

    Keeping Rodney Hide on as Minister for Local Government , in order to continue to take the flak over growing ‘$upercity = $uper rip off’ disenchantment?

    That’s my considered opinion.

    (Pity that the railroading of Auckland $upercity framework legislation happened on ‘shonky’ corporate raider National Prime Minister John Key’s watch – with the support of 20 National Party Cabinet Ministers. ……….)

    Penny Bright
    http://waterpressure.wordpress.com

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  20. s.russell (1,646 comments) says:

    This seems very sensible to me.

    There was no need to strip Hide of his ministerial job. Doing so would have seemed vindictive, and keeping him on signals that Act intends to work constructively with National, even if they disagree on many policy matters.

    Making Boscawen Deputy and Parliamentary leader is also good: a) he seems to be the most able person for the job, and b) again it shows that this is all about principle and policy not petty vindictiveness and rewarding/punishing friends/allies.

    Having him drop his ministerial portfolios is an interesting move. It frees him up to be critical of National, and may be a kind of sop to Roy and her sympathisers (he doesn’t get a plum denied to her).

    But Act needs to move carefully to maximise its support without scaring middle-ground voters away from National. As I have posted before, the key objective must be to shift the middle ground voters a little to the right in their attitudes, not to force policies on the nation that those voters will not like (short-term good, long-term very damaging).

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  21. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Newsfalsh: No one gives a shit about your considered opinion except the voices in your head.

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  22. nasska (11,813 comments) says:

    Sensible choices all round & a big tick for the pragmatism of ACT’s caucus. I live in hope that it may extend to having another feel around at the bottom of the barrel before announcing Banks for Wanks as candidate for Epsom.

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  23. Graeme Edgeler (3,290 comments) says:

    @David Garrett “I think you have Hilary’s salary increase wrong DPF…from memory it is only and extra $4000 p.a for being whip (at least the repeaters will now be getting her position right) rather than the $14,000 you suggest.”

    DPF is right.

    An ordinary member of Parliament, without special responsibilities receives a salary of $134,800.

    A whip (which a party with four or MPs is entitled to) earns a base salary of $148,500, which increases for each MP above 6 MPs, up to a maximum of $180,280.

    Hone Harawira, as Deputy Chair of the Maori Affairs Committee, get $139,100 (this may be the number you are thinking of).

    See schedule 1 of the Parliamentary Salaries and Allowances Determination 2010

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  24. David Garrett (7,558 comments) says:

    They were underpaying me then!

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  25. big bruv (14,160 comments) says:

    So Winston Hide keeps his baubles….what a fucking surprise.

    I wish the little hypocrite would just fuck off now.

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  26. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,922 comments) says:

    Rex 2.23

    Yes I agree with you. Especially if they find that much what Dr Brash’s loud acolytes have been screaming about is already included in Blenglish’s budget, put together during Rodney Hide’s tenure as ACT leader.

    I’d have to say also I find Dr Brash’s fudging of the borrowing figures right from the start to be a disappointment. To hear him and others tell it, you’d think we are increasing our debt by $300m per week but, of course, we are not. Most of it is simply rolling over existing debt, whether or not for better terms, I don’t know.

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  27. publicwatchdog (2,823 comments) says:

    # Murray (7,422) Says:
    May 3rd, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Newsfalsh: No one gives a shit about your considered opinion except the voices in your head.”
    ____________________________________________________________________________________________________

    So Murray – why did you both read and respond to my post –

    “Keeping Rodney Hide on as Minister for Local Government , in order to continue to take the flak over growing ‘$upercity = $uper rip off’ disenchantment?”

    – if you don’t give a sh*t about my considered opinion?

    Duh?

    Thank you for confirming that my considered opinion is undoubtedly ‘on track’ – if I’ve jammed your ‘ad hominem/ apoplectic’ button on full?

    :)

    Penny Bright
    http://waterpressure.wordpress.com

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  28. DJP6-25 (1,389 comments) says:

    David Garret 2:04 pm. Will do David. By the way; belated congratulations on three strikes.

    cheers

    David Prosser

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  29. Gwilly (158 comments) says:

    This just served to remind me how low salaries are for MP’s. If we are to attract better talent these should be doubled (at least).

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  30. David Garrett (7,558 comments) says:

    DJP: Thank you..at the risk of derailing this thread…the first second striker was sentenced last week. The clown committed several agg robberies while on bail awaiting sentence for his first strike offence which was…wait for it…

    …….

    Aggravated robbery!

    He said he thought he’d get restorative justice! (He had been given a warning as required when convicted of the first strike) Just the sort of felon who is too dangerous and too stupid to be walking around. He will be a prime candidate for the first third strike sentence when he gets out in 5 1/2 years. Would have been out in 2-3 were it not for 3S

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  31. David Garrett (7,558 comments) says:

    Gwilly: the whole “what to pay them” is a real dilemma…there is no escaping from two violently clashing facts: 1) to a person on the average wage – or even twice the average wage – a back benchers salary seems very large- a cabinet minister’s indecently so; 2) For most people who have had any kind of success in the real world, you must take a drop in pay to go to parliament.

    Its a real conundrum

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  32. hj (7,067 comments) says:

    Does everyone in ACT reject the majority view amongst climate scientists on AGW?
    If so …pity.

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  33. GJ (329 comments) says:

    hj: I hope so otherwise I won’t be voting for them as Global warming is an absolute farce!

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  34. Owen McShane (1,226 comments) says:

    1. David Garret,
    Why not bulk funding of political parties? The leaders then distribute the funds to pay different candidates/MPs what they are worth.
    Could this be a voluntary decision for the party to adopt like bulk funding of schools used to be.

    2. Seems that Rodney is stuck with the poisoned chalice. The Super City is destined to get less popular by the day.
    I would hope that he retains his role in Regulatory Reform where he is doing as good a job as one can given that every Department is against it because it makes life simpler.
    See Business Roundtable on:
    New Bill Best Hope for Regulatory Discipline

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  35. hj (7,067 comments) says:

    hj: I hope so otherwise I won’t be voting for them as Global warming is an absolute farce!
    ………
    that makes Act a niche party for people who find reality interferes with their libertarianism?

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  36. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    David Garret
    When are you going to be sentenced? Are we all supposed to forget what you did? Hide covered up for you but you did a despicable thing and you also lied to a Judge and yet you can prattle on about three strikes for other people. How many minds have you got?

    [DPF: Of topic and 10 demerits]

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  37. Viking2 (11,574 comments) says:

    And of course Joanna you have never done anything like that at all.
    Indeed you have never done anything.
    Its always like that with socialists. Never do anything, never take chances, never— ahhh never mind, stay in bed all day. Best place for people who never do anything.
    Makes the world a fucking boring place.

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  38. David Garrett (7,558 comments) says:

    joana…who?

    When you reveal who you are ( I’m not quite sure what “leftie troll” means, but I dont think it’s a name) I will answer your questions…

    Suffice it to say to be sentenced one first has to be charged, and then found guilty…the police have spoken to me but .. no charges. Could that be because they know a little more than you?

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  39. Interested Party (61 comments) says:

    Mr DB didn’t look to flash on TV tonight explaining why Rodney was keeping his role, he couldn’t remember the names of the two bills he was meant to push through. Not sure this guys the saviour you actoids think he is

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  40. David Garrett (7,558 comments) says:

    My apologies DPF…I have become a little tired of just “taking it”…

    I’m not sure anyone thinks Don is a “saviour”…but momentum had built to a point where some kind of “circuit breaker” was required…I think many “Actoids” are somewhat uneasy about what looks very much like a “back door listing” on the stock exchange…too many quote marks…

    Time will tell.

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  41. Rex Widerstrom (5,354 comments) says:

    @David Garrett

    many “Actoids” are somewhat uneasy about what looks very much like a “back door listing” on the stock exchange

    Brash dominating Act with a bit of “back door” action… seems I’m not the only one capable of a colourful (and accurate) simile :-D

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  42. big bruv (14,160 comments) says:

    David

    “I’m not sure anyone thinks Don is a “saviour”…”

    I sure as hell do!, to many of us the idea of voting for Winston Hide was just too much to handle, he had led ACT to the point where they were no longer going to be a part of our Parliament.

    Even now the selfish little shit is continuing to act (no pun intended) as if the whole show is about him, he should have resigned his ministerial position and sat on the back benches until the house rises for the last time prior to the election, I am sure that Mr Gibbs will find him a nice high paying job somewhere to compensate for the loss of his parliamentary position, although, I am not sure if Hides ego will enjoy the loss in status.

    Brash has guaranteed that ACT will be remain a strong political force, he can and will do this without a nod and a wink from Neville Key, even Winston Hides most vociferous supporters would have to concede that Hide could only have survived with the agreement and support of the Nat’s.

    Brash has given those who support ACT a bit of pride back, they are now a party that can survive without kissing he backside of the Nat’s and I hope that they are strong enough to tell Neville that he cannot and will not buy them off with the baubles of office as he did so easily with Winston Hide.

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  43. James (1,338 comments) says:

    Big Bruv: So Winston Hide keeps his baubles….what a fucking surprise.

    I wish the little hypocrite would just fuck off now.

    Bruv…shut the fuck up.Go look in a fucking mirror to see a real hypocrite re Holiday trading hours and drug laws etc….from a supposed “right winger”. Rodney’s worth a hundred of you and has the results and morals on the core board to prove it.What the fuck have you ever done except snarl like scolded bitch?

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  44. Steve Wrathall (285 comments) says:

    hj: Where did you get this idea that scientific truth is determined by referendum? Anyone who has pursued a career in climate science in the last 30 years knows what side their bread is buttered on. How many of these “scientists” stood up for science when the IPCC published that the Himalayan glaciers were going to disappear by 2035?

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  45. Paul Williams (880 comments) says:

    Useful update, good to know what their respective salaries are. Of course, I think that’s the least relevant factor compared with what they’ll do… Bugger all I suspect. What will Rodney do post parliament I wonder? Which corporate’s picking him up?

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  46. reid (16,634 comments) says:

    Which corporate’s picking him up?

    I’d say he’d be an effective lobbyist for the electricity industry Paul, given his degree in resource management.

    But of course, when the cycle turns and Liarbore get back in, he might as well not even pick up the phone.

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  47. James (1,338 comments) says:

    Rodney can go overseas and make a mint.He’s been slumming it on the minimum wage in Parliament for ages and can now go get some real money…..and Big Bruv won’t have to fret about Rodney’s use of what amounts to pocket change any more.

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  48. DJP6-25 (1,389 comments) says:

    David Garret 3:48. Good to see this guy will be behind bars a bit longer.

    cheers

    David Prosser

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  49. Clint Heine (1,571 comments) says:

    Rodney is very employable and unlike most of the Labour Party, has held down work in the private sector before going into Parliament. He is Parliament’s most highly qualified environmentalist and has a Masters Degrees in Economics and Resource Management.

    I read a piece in the Herald on how former Labour MPs are spending their lives since being booted out in 08. Mark Burton, failed to win the mayoralty of Taupo, Mahara Okeroa is still getting govt handouts doing “Waitangi” consultancy, Martin Gallagher is suckling away at ratepayers money as a councillor in Hamilton, Dave Hereora was a unionist before entering parliament and no doubt is back doing the same and Lesley Soper decided to go back to University. And we won’t mention Tizard :)
    You won’t see Rodney following that route; he is a hard worker and is still quite young.

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  50. James (1,338 comments) says:

    Well said Clint…..Rodney has many strings to his bow and may find that leaving Parliament at this time in is life is actually a blessing.

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  51. Matt Long (90 comments) says:

    Rodney is very effective Local Government minister, a pity he got mixed up in the Auckland mess rather than concentrating his efforts on getting Council spending under control. A sensible decision by Brash, and it gives Key the room to move his “Labour Party he leads” a little further to the left.

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