Profligate Govt burning taxpayer cash

BY ACT at 14 September, 2018


 

The Government has shown its utter contempt for taxpayer money by botching the Chief Technology Officer hiring process and paying Derek Handley out, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

“Not only has the Government created an unnecessary and wasteful job, it has botched the process and wasted another $100,000 of taxpayer money in the process.

 

“If asked, the average New Zealander would not be able to explain what the Government Digital Services Minister


Martin must apologise to charter schools

BY ACT at 14 September, 2018


 

Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin should publicly apologise to charter schools and students over her outrageous comments during a debate on the Education Amendment Bill, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

“Referring to charter schools during the debate, Martin said that ‘…some of us wouldn’t put our dog in them.’

 

“Martin – who is the Minister for Children – also decided to bring National MP Nicola Willis’ family into the debate by claiming


Govt’s war on poor continues

BY ACT at 14 September, 2018


 

“The Government continues to push policies that will hurt the poor, with Housing Minister Phil Twyford all but admitting today that tenants will pay higher rents as a result of his ‘Healthy Homes’ red tape”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

In response to an oral question from Mr Seymour, Twyford admitted that landlords aren’t making excessive profits.

 

“If that is the case, it means they can’t absorb the additional costs of his


Harmful communications law a threat to free speech

BY ACT at 11 September, 2018


 

Sir Ray Avery’s complaint against Newsroom under the Harmful Digital Communications Act is exactly the kind of unintended consequence ACT predicted when National proposed the law, says Party Leader David Seymour.

 

Avery has complained to Netsafe that a series of articles by Newsroom have caused him serious emotional distress.

 

“The National Government’s HDCA was a classic case of bad lawmaking. We had a high-profile event – the Roastbusters case – and then


Free Press, 10 September 2018

BY ACT at 11 September, 2018


 

Free Press, 10 September 2018

Twyford’s PR Stunt

Housing Minister Phil Twyford claims a new housing development in Mt Roskill will help solve the housing crisis. The government plans to build 10,000 new homes over 15 years by demolishing 3000 existing state homes. That works out to be 466 additional homes a year. New Zealand has a housing shortage of 71,194, and 44,738 are needed in Auckland alone. This development will hardly make a