Millions in handouts for well-off Kiwis

BY ACT at 24 May, 2018


 

The Government is set to give away tens of millions in ‘winter energy payments’ to well-off older New Zealanders, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

“Almost 9 per cent of superannuitants earn over $60,000 a year – more than New Zealand’s median income and three times the pension.

 

“Yet the Government will give tens of millions to this group because it believes they need help to pay their power bills.

 

“This epitomises a Government that taxes


Seymour challenges Twyford to front up to Banff Avenue residents

BY ACT at 24 May, 2018


 

Epsom MP David Seymour has today called on Housing Minister Phil Twyford to front up to Banff Avenue residents to discuss their concerns about a proposed five-storey housing development.

 

Last week, Mr Seymour organised a community meeting at the request of local residents in response to the lack of consultation from Housing New Zealand.

 

“Rather than resorting to cheap politicking, Mr Twyford needs to concern himself with the performance of Housing New Zealandand its


No transformation in pillaging the taxpayer

BY ACT at 17 May, 2018


 

Grant Robertson’s first Budget uses ‘transformation’ as a buzzword but offers only to spend more of taxpayers’ money, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“The former university politician has today shown himself to be a poor student of economic history. Higher taxes and greater government spending has never fixed our problems.

“Income tax was introduced at 5 per cent on the highest incomes. Now it’s 33 percent.

“In the early 1900s, government spending was a one


How would a Bridges-led Govt be different?

BY ACT at 16 May, 2018


 

“Simon Bridges has failed to make clear how a Government he leads would be different to the current occupants of the Beehive”, ACT Leader David Seymour says.

 

“His weak response to the Government’s likely Budget while talking to Stuff this morning shows why the centre-right needs a strong ACT.

 

“Bridges wouldn’t commit to cancelling the $3 billion fees-free scheme that will deliver free degrees for tomorrow’s elite.

 

“The Leader of the Opposition couldn’t guarantee


An offer charter schools couldn’t refuse

BY ACT at 16 May, 2018


 

The Education Minister has made charter schools an offer they couldn’t refuse: ‘conform or be closed’. 

 

“Chris Hipkins today confirmed that charter schools would either lose the precious liberties that have helped them serve some of our most disadvantaged students, or have their contracts terminated”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. 

 

“As Raewyn Tipene, chief executive of He Puna Marama Trust, put it, charter schools have applied to become special character schools ‘under duress’.

 

“Hipkins