Robertson must ditch capital gains tax

BY ACT at 11 September, 2018


“Grant Robertson will have to ditch a full-blown capital gains tax after Stuff revealed this morning the Tax Working Group is likely to advise against the idea”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“The Tax Working Group has a strong left-wing flavour. It is led by an ex-Labour Finance Minister, and includes a prominent union leader and a self-proclaimed ‘skeptic of economic growth’.


“If a hand-picked group cannot bring themselves to recommend a

Kids a means to Greens’ ideological ends

BY ACT at 10 September, 2018


“The Greens’ radical plan to make te reo Māori compulsory in schools will hurt New Zealand kids”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“Students already struggle with basic reading and writing skills. Our literacy statistics are alarming.


“In the latest Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, Year 5 students ranked 33rd out of 50 countries, and last out of English-speaking countries.


“A 2014 Tertiary Education Commission report found that, of Year 11

$2.4 million for just three jobs

BY ACT at 9 September, 2018


NZ First’s pork barrel spending in Northland has plumbed new depths with the revelation the Provincial Growth Fund paid $2.4 million to create just three jobs, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“In February, Shane Jones trumpeted the fact that a new Hundertwasser-themed tourism hub in Kawakawa would boost employment and economic development opportunities.


“But official advice says the project will only add three new jobs to the local economy. That’s $800,000 a

Rare win for taxpayers

BY ACT at 9 September, 2018


In a rare win for New Zealand taxpayers under this Government, Chris Hipkins has shot down the Report of the Seventh Triennial Appropriations Review Committee.


“This report was a power and money grab. There was no clear rationale for boosting the staff of Ministers, the pay of list MPs, and guaranteeing a minimum level of funding for parliamentary parties”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“Some recommendations were completely unacceptable. For example, funding

$290,000 a year, but no job description

BY ACT at 9 September, 2018


“Taxpayers are no closer to understanding what exactly the highly-paid Crown-Māori Relations Minister does for a job”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“Kelvin Davis is paid almost $290,000 a year, but his Crown-Māori Relations is without a job description after almost a year.


“After being asked in the House today what exactly he does as Minister, Kelvin said ‘an announcement will be made soon’.


“That is completely unacceptable and shows what