Nats’ political cycle begins afresh

BY ACT at 16 August, 2018


“The first stage of the National Party’s political cycle is underway as it talks a big game on Resource Management Act reform”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


Today, Simon Bridges expressed regret at not reforming the RMA under the last government and committed to producing a bill that would.


“But we’ve heard this all before.


“The Nats went into the 2008 election promising RMA reform and, despite having the numbers with

Nutty plastic bag ban killing jobs

BY ACT at 16 August, 2018


“The Greens’ nutty ban on single-use plastic bags has claimed its first victim”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


Stuff has reported that Porirua-based Kiwi Plastics is set to close its doors at the end of the year, putting its workers out of a job.


“The policy of banning single-use plastic bags is lose-lose.


“It will lead to worse economic outcomes: jobs lost, poorer Kiwis having to buy higher-cost bags, and less

Slash education bureaucracy, pay teachers more

BY ACT at 16 August, 2018


“The Government could provide a decent pay rise for striking teachers by cutting the fat from our education bureaucracy”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


Today, primary and intermediate school teachers strike for the first time in 24 years.


“The Ministry of Education employs over 2600 bureaucrats – that’s more than the number of schools in New Zealand. There’s been a more than 50 per cent increase in the number of Ministry staff

Free Press, 14 August 2018

BY ACT at 16 August, 2018


Successful ACT Conference

ACT’s annual conference was well attended and received saturation media coverage. The message? A crash is coming, big government is a growing liability under Jacinda Ardern, and only ACT is prepared to draw a line under that growth by reducing the size of Government, literally.

Grim Figures

As Michael Riddell has pointed out, the Reserve Bank just lowered growth expectations dramatically. How dramatically? The last three times the Bank revised growth

Investigation into Bridges leak needed

BY ACT at 13 August, 2018


ACT Leader David Seymour is calling for an investigation into the leak of Simon Bridges’ travel expenses.


This evening, Newshub ran a story revealing the Opposition Leader had spent more than $100,000 on travel over the past three months.


“It is outrageous that a bureaucrat from the Parliamentary Service saw fit to leak details of Mr Bridges’ travel expenses to media.


“This smacks of a politically-motivated attack.


“After the time