Tourist tax will cut visitors, revenue, growth

BY ACT at 15 June, 2018


The Government’s proposed tourist tax of up to $35 will see visitor numbers, revenue and economic growth fall, according to ACT Leader David Seymour.


“A new tax, while boosting the Government’s coffers, will discourage international visitors from travelling and spending money in New Zealand.


“That will hurt businesses and see fewer jobs created by tourism operators.


Research conducted in 2015 by NZIER on National’s $26 border clearance tax projected that it

Nats flip-flop yet again

BY ACT at 15 June, 2018


After two reversals on tax in the past week, National has done another about-face, this time on deposit insurance. 


Steven Joyce came out against deposit insurance last year, saying it ‘wasn’t necessarily going to work from New Zealand’s perspective.’ Amy Adams now believes it’s an issue ‘worth looking at.’


“A deposit insurance scheme would place taxpayers on the hook for banks’ risk-taking and increase instability in our financial system”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. 



Free Press, 11 June

BY ACT at 12 June, 2018


Cowboy student politicians


Just when we thought the decision to ban offshore oil and gas exploration couldn’t get any worse, it does.


The former student politicians running the Government have ignored the important principle that significant and controversial issues must be decided collectively by Cabinet.


Without any advice and without talking to those affected, three party leaders have decided the fate of an industry. That is no way to run a

A Winston wishlist

BY ACT at 12 June, 2018


While the Deputy Prime Minister’s decision to oppose scrapping the three strikes law is positive news, there is plenty more he could achieve in his time as Acting PM, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“ACT has drafted a modest wishlist, should Peters want to do more than simply enjoy the baubles that come with his new office.


“Acting PM Peters could allow all businesses – not just small firms – to keep

Acting PM can’t answer questions

BY ACT at 12 June, 2018


Parliament is unable to hold soon-to-be Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters on the welfare system given his current legal action, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


This afternoon in the House, Mr Seymour questioned Mr Peters about superannuation.


Mr Peters, answering on behalf of Jacinda Ardern, refused to answer, citing the sub judice rule.


“It is unacceptable that our soon-to-be acting Prime Minister is unable to answer basic questions about the welfare