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

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

Gold stars for bureaucrats?

BY ACT at 13 August, 2018


“At a time of plummeting business confidence and growth expectations, the Prime Minister wants to give medals to New Zealand’s bureaucrats”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“Despite the fact that results in health, education, housing, and other areas have gone backwards, the Government will now be handing out gold starts to our public servants.


“This is pointless virtue-signalling from a weak and leaderless government.


“How will this policy improve the lives

Winston sells out on smaller Parliament, Māori seats

BY ACT at 13 August, 2018


“Winston Peters has made an embarrassing backdown on the size of Parliament and the Māori seats”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“Peters made a smaller Parliament and removing the Māori seats ‘bottom lines’ at the last election, saying to Labour and National ‘…you will be not talking to NZ First unless you want a referendum on both those issues’.


“Now he says he won’t support my Smaller Government Bill which would achieve

ACT will deliver fewer politicians

BY ACT at 12 August, 2018


ACT is drawing a line in the sand on the size of government with a new bill aimed at rolling back the the state.


Party Leader David Seymour today revealed his Smaller Government Bill which will reduce the size of Parliament to 100 MPs, limit the size of the Executive to 20 Ministers, and remove the Maori seats.


“The growth in government over the past two decades has not delivered better outcomes