ACT Stands Alone Voting Against Expanded Entitlements

BY ACT at 8 November, 2017


Tonight the ACT Party stood alone in Parliament voting 1-119 against The Government’s Paid Parental Leave and Employment Protection amendment Bill. The Bill would raise the entitlement to Paid Parental Leave to 26 weeks by 2020.

“If there’s one thing New Zealand taxpayers are not short of, it is entitlements to fund. This entitlement doesn’t have any principled basis whatsoever. There is no reason why people can’t anticipate and provide for having children, if only


Hipkins Creates More Partnership School Confusion

BY ACT at 8 November, 2017


“Education Minister Chris Hipkins has caused more confusion to Partnership Schools and their students by reinstating the Education (Charter Schools for Public Good Not Profit) Bill,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.”

“Does he intend for the schools to continue while disallowing profit, to close them, or was the resinstatement of this bill another administrative error in the opening of parliament?”

“ACT has called on the Minister to make a clear and trasparent policy statement as to what


Hipkins Must Come Clean on Partnership School Policy

BY David Seymour at 5 November, 2017


 

“The Education Minister needs to take a deep breath and consult with people affected by his decisions before making conflicting statements that affect children’s learning,” says ACT leader David Seymour.

After reports regarding four Partnership Schools contracted to open in 16 months’ time that ‘he can say with some confidence they won’t go ahead,’ newly minted Education Minister is now reported as saying he ‘had asked for urgent advice on the


Victoria Shows the Way With Assisted Dying Vote

BY ACT at 5 November, 2017


“The State of Victoria is showing the way on Assisted Dying legislation,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “On Friday the State’s Upper House voted 22-18 in favour of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017, a critical step in legalising Assisted Dying in the State.”

“The bill is similar to New Zealand’s End of Life Choice Bill, which allows people with a prognosis of less than six months or an grievous and irremediable condition in an advanced


Education Minister in Over His Head

BY ACT at 5 November, 2017


“Education Minister Chris Hipkins is already in over his head,” says ACT Leader David Seymour after the Minister sort-of cancelled four Partnership Schools who have been contracted to open in 14 months’ time.

“If this is how he does business,” says Seymour, “then he is going to find Government very tough.”

“The Sponors of these schools are passionate educators who were required to demonstrate community support for their schools before their applications were accepted. He’s not