Do Jacinda and Bill Know How Partnership Schools Work?

BY ACT at 20 December, 2017


 

“Today in Question Time, the Prime Minister repeated her assertion that Partnership Schools can stay open if they operate within the same budget, use registered teachers, and teach the New Zealand curriculum”, says ACT Party Leader David Seymour.

 

“What Bill English should have asked the PM, is ‘Given Partnership Schools meet these requirements, is she confirming they will stay open without further changes?

 

“Then he might have asked, ‘why is her Minister of Education


Foreign Home-Buyer Ban Driven By Populist Hysteria

BY ACT at 19 December, 2017


 

“The Government’s decision to ban foreign home-buyers shows it is all too willing to bow to populist pressure and is unserious about tackling the housing crisis”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

“The evidence from jurisdictions which have restricted foreign home-buyers is that these measures do not work. Hong Kong, Vancouver, Sydney and Melbourne have all banned or taxed foreign home-buyers and yet are still in the top ten least-affordable cities in the world


Massive Questions Remain over Government’s Foreign Home-Buyer Ban

BY ACT at 16 December, 2017


 

“The Government needs to immediately come clean over whether its foreign home-buyer ban breaches basic human rights and contravenes New Zealand’s trade deals with other countries”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

On Thursday, the Government introduced legislation which would ban foreign home-buyers. Treasury has now released the advice it provided to Ministers on the proposed ban. It raises a number of questions which the Government must immediately answer.

 

“First, is the ban consistent


Robertson Continues Nats’ Taxation By Stealth

BY ACT at 15 December, 2017


“Grant Robertson will allow new benefits to rise in line with inflation while tax brackets will remain the same pushing middle income New Zealanders into the highest bracket”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. Mr Seymour has introduced an amendment to the Government’s Families Package Bill which would allow the Minister of Finance to index tax brackets to the rate of inflation, but Labour the Greens and New Zealand First voted against it. “We see the


Labour and National: Brothers from Different Mothers

BY ACT at 14 December, 2017


 

“Bill English and Steven Joyce are crying crocodile tears over tax cuts that never existed”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“If National wanted to complain about the new Government raising taxes, it should have cut them instead of just talking a big game when it was in power.

“The new Government’s mini-Budget extends National’s tax and spend approach.

“It is determined to roll out universal welfare programmes like fees-free university and winter energy payments