Martin must apologise to charter schools

BY ACT at 14 September, 2018


 

Associate Education Minister Tracey Martin should publicly apologise to charter schools and students over her outrageous comments during a debate on the Education Amendment Bill, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

“Referring to charter schools during the debate, Martin said that ‘…some of us wouldn’t put our dog in them.’

 

“Martin – who is the Minister for Children – also decided to bring National MP Nicola Willis’ family into the debate by claiming


Govt’s war on poor continues

BY ACT at 14 September, 2018


 

“The Government continues to push policies that will hurt the poor, with Housing Minister Phil Twyford all but admitting today that tenants will pay higher rents as a result of his ‘Healthy Homes’ red tape”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

In response to an oral question from Mr Seymour, Twyford admitted that landlords aren’t making excessive profits.

 

“If that is the case, it means they can’t absorb the additional costs of his


Harmful communications law a threat to free speech

BY ACT at 11 September, 2018


 

Sir Ray Avery’s complaint against Newsroom under the Harmful Digital Communications Act is exactly the kind of unintended consequence ACT predicted when National proposed the law, says Party Leader David Seymour.

 

Avery has complained to Netsafe that a series of articles by Newsroom have caused him serious emotional distress.

 

“The National Government’s HDCA was a classic case of bad lawmaking. We had a high-profile event – the Roastbusters case – and then


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