Poor hit from all angles with regional fuel tax

BY ACT at 27 March, 2018


“The poorest Aucklanders will be in hit in at least three different ways with Phil Twyford’s new regional fuel tax”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. 


“Grant Robertson doled out $40 a week to many families with children in his ‘Families Package’. Now Phil Twyford will take back four weeks’ worth of Families Package payments with a new tax that will cost the average household $160 a year.


Legislation to enable the regional fuel tax will begin its first reading

America’s Cup: great theatre, poor deal

BY ACT at 27 March, 2018


“The America’s Cup is a fantastic event, but David Parker and Phil Goff have negotiated an incompetent deal on behalf of New Zealanders”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“Clearly feeling the pressure, Parker and Goff will stump up at least $212.5 million of taxpayer and ratepayer money, including a $40 million ‘hosting fee’.


“Economists have put the cost-benefit ratio of the event at between 0.997 and 1.14. That means the most optimistic scenario has the country only just

Hipkins tries to bully schools while suppressing their success

BY ACT at 26 March, 2018


“The Government has utterly failed in its attempts to bully fledgling charter schools into accepting a different educational model”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“A month and a half after introducing a Bill to scrap charter schools, only one has taken the Minister up on his offer.


“Meanwhile, Mr Hipkins is suppressing the final Martin Jenkins evaluation of the charter school model which by all accounts is glowing.


“Jacinda Ardern says

Printing money doesn’t create jobs

BY ACT at 26 March, 2018


“Directing the Reserve Bank to focus on employment ignores the basic fact that printing money doesn’t create jobs”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. 


“Monetary policy doesn’t affect employment in the long-term. 


“Jobs are created when we have a world-class education system, a flexible labour market, and a sound welfare system, none of which is related to monetary policy. 


“If central banks were able to increase employment by printing money, Zimbabwe would be a

New Zealanders deserve honest appraisal of Government housing failure

BY ACT at 25 March, 2018


“New Zealanders deserve better than Phil Twyford’s ideological comments this morning on Q+A about a ‘market failure’ in housing”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“The Government’s own officials have said that, in Auckland, land use regulation could be responsible for up to 56 per cent, or $530,000, of the cost of an average home.


“ACT has revealed from Written Parliamentary Questions that Cabinet hasn’t even decided whether to consider reviewing the Resource Management