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ACT
Ian Cummings

Ian Cummings

Party: ACT
Electorate: Hunua

Voting History

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Candidate Survey

60% Family First Rating

  • Encourage marriageOppose

    It is not the place of the State to use taxpayer money in order to promote marriage it is up to parents and private organisations such as the Church.

  • Role and support of parentsSupport

    The responsibility to nurture, raise, educate, i.e. meet all their needs (and costs) of children belongs first and foremost to the parents, as it is to feed and clothe them, not to the State. Children are not wards of the State. The Family should not be made subordinate to the State. The less the State is involved in the government of the Family the better.

  • Parental choice for educationSupport

    I support parental choice, including the option to home school. I support increasing private schools (Independent) and decreasing State Schools. The less the State is involved and the more parents take over Education the better. The cost of education should remain with the parents. The choice and style of curriculum should remain with the parents. A stay at home child care allowance discriminates against those with no dependent children by effectively having them pay more tax which supports the children of others. It is not the place of the State to use taxpayer money in order to fund child care arrangements.

  • Income SplittingSupport

    I support income tax reduction. It’s simply not right to take one’s neighbors earnings against their will. How can one possibly meet the command to love their neighbor while they have their hand on their neighbor’s wallet? I want people to keep what they earn. Taxation at the point of spending is fairer, i.e. even burglars must pay GST. I support reducing PAYE taxation to as low as practicable as soon as practicable. My long term vision is to see PAYE at zero. This is achievable once the State is reduced to its core business and individuals, family, Church / Community government are taking responsibility where they ought to.

  • Unborn child right to lifeSupport

    I would like to establish the principle that life begins at conception. What is more important than criminalizing the murder of defenseless children? People who encourage the murder of defenseless children are surely not fit to govern our nation. William Wilberforce fought the great evil of slavery in his day - the great evil of our day is abortion. There are ~ 50 babies destroyed by Doctors every day in NZ. A good parent can be punished by the State for giving a smack to a naughty child, even when carried out in a loving and disciplined environment and with no danger to the child, yet one can have ones unborn child murdered with impunity!

  • Informed Consent for AbortionSupport

    I would point out that abortion is the murder of a defenseless child.

  • Parental notificationSupport

    Our children are not wards of the State. Children would be better served by adults reminding them that they would do well to honor their Father and Mother.

  • Abstinence-based sex educationSupport

    It is up to parents what they want their children taught, not the State. I do not support taxpayer’s money being spent on any particular sex education that parents don’t want for their children. My view is that to teach anything else but sex within the boundaries of marriage is to teach sexual immorality, i.e. a sin against one’s own body.

  • SurrogacyUndecided

    I really don’t know enough about the issue to make an informed decision at this point in time.

  • Embryonic stem cell researchOppose

    I would like to establish the principle that life begins at conception.

  • Decriminalise marijuanaUndecided

    I do not support nor do I encourage the use of mind altering drugs (loss of the ability to control one’s will / actions) such as marijuana. I believe being “stoned” is equal to a state of alcohol drunkenness therefore we should treat it that way, i.e. zero tolerance on the roads, in our workplaces etc. It is up to parents to teach their children of the dangers of drug use.

  • Ban on residential brothelsSupport

    I do not support nor do I encourage the practice of prostitution, as it is a sexual sin against one’s own body. It debases the human person. Our daughters deserve better than to legitimize the practice of it. It is up to parents to teach their children of such dangers.

  • Criminalise buyer of prostitutionUndecided

    If involving adultery yes. It is not the place of the State to fund education on the evils of prostitution. Such funding rightly belongs to private philanthropic organizations. The State cannot make anyone a moral person.

  • Improve broadcasting standardsUndecided

    The difficulty here is - to who’s (what) standard do we measure “acceptable” violent material, sexual content etc.? The Bible is littered with such material – should we ban it or restrict access to it? No. It is up to individuals, families, parents to set boundaries and educate on what they believe is acceptable.

  • Prevent sexualisation of children in mediaSupport

    The difficulty here is - to who’s (what) standard do we measure this? Do we wrap our kids in a full burqa? Are bikini swim suits ok? It is up to individuals, families, parents to set boundaries and educate on what they believe is acceptable.

  • Prevent public nuditySupport

    I do not support public nudity events such as boobs on bikes. However when it comes to defining what is offensive, there are some who consider, e.g. the wearing of a crucifix or a burqa to be offensive.

  • G-rated billboard advertisingUndecided

    How and who defines and decides on what a G rating is?

  • Raising drinking ageOppose

    I oppose drunken abusive, lewd behavior, no matter how young or old the person is. If an 18 year old is not considered mature enough to purchase and enjoy a glass of wine or a beer why are they considered mature enough to vote or send off to war etc. etc.?

  • Decriminalise smackingSupport

    It is pathetic that a good parent can be punished by the State for giving a smack to a naughty child, even when carried out in a loving and disciplined environment and with no danger to the child, yet one can have ones unborn child murdered with impunity!

  • Child Abuse Commission of InquiryOppose

    It is not the place of the State to fund exploring the evils of child abuse and family violence. Such funding rightly belongs to private philanthropic organizations.

  • Liberalise Easter trading lawsSupport

    The decision to open and trade or not rests with the Business owner not the State.

  • Regulation of loan sharksOppose

    This is where good intentions can trip us up and where the remedy could be worse than the malady. When is an interest rate too high? This is one of those issues that career Politicians love. Why, because they seem to think people are too stupid to take care of themselves. What does a loan shark look like? Responsibility for understanding the risks of borrowing rests with the consenting adult / the individual. It is the responsibility of parents to teach and warn their children of the dangers they may face in life.

  • Reduced gamblingOppose

    this. It is not the State’s role to save people from themselves. It is the responsibility of parents to teach and warn their children of the dangers they may face in life. Individuals must take responsibility for their vices, spending habits and personal choices. Addicts should be helped by private philanthropic organizations. It is not the State’s role to save us from ourselves or attempt to make us moral people.

  • Welfare Vouchers for At-RiskSupport

    The welfare state is immoral. We must work toward effectively replacing the welfare state by empowering individuals, families and Communities. A WINZ office should not take centre stage in our community. Voluntary charities promote self-reliance, whereas state welfare programs foster dependency.

  • Binding Citizens’ Initiated ReferendaUndecided

    “Good” democracy does not necessarily mean that the majority have it right. All law is based on a particular understanding of ultimate authority. I like what John Wycliffe (1328 – 1384) wrote in the forward of his English translation of the Bible, “This book is for the government of the people, by the people and for the people”.

AUTHORISED BY BOB MCCOSKRIE, 652 GT SOUTH RD, MANUKAU CITY 2241

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