Just get on with congestion charging

BY David Seymour at 22 June, 2016


ACT Leader David Seymour welcomes the government’s about face on congestion charges, with one condition.

“Road tolls shouldn’t be used as a cash grab. Any revenue generated from the tolls should be offset by cuts in petrol tax and, if appropriate, rates,” said Mr Seymour.

“People from Epsom and around Auckland tell me congestion is noticeably worse this year than last.  We can’t keep adding cars year after year, New Zealand should be using the


Kiwis working longer, so when will we adjust Super?

BY David Seymour at 16 June, 2016


“It’s baffling that the Government ignores the need for any adjustment of superannuation when Kiwis are working longer than ever,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

New Zealanders are ranked second in the OECD for their longevity in the workplace, according to PwC’s Golden Age Index. The report says one in three New Zealanders will work past the age of 65.

“Kiwis are living longer and demonstrating their potential to make enormous contributions to


Time to close ‘charitable purpose’ tax loophole

BY David Seymour at 15 June, 2016


ACT Leader David Seymour used Question Time today to call on the Government to scrap the ‘charitable purpose’ tax loophole exploited by certain businesses at the expense of others.

“Taxpaying businesses are at a competitive disadvantage due to certain companies’ tax-free status,” said Mr Seymour.  “This destroys the principle of a competitive marketplace.

“Ngai Tahu businesses like Go Bus and Shotover Jet are tax-exempt due to the iwi’s charitable status. Even church-owned businesses like Sanitarium or


ACT welcomes tolerant refugees

BY David Seymour at 13 June, 2016


ACT supports the increase in the refugee quota, but believes the Government should do more to ensure those arriving in New Zealand share our peaceful values.

“This level of increase is very close to where we would be if we had followed ACT’s policy of increasing the quota in line with our growing population,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.  “It will make a huge difference in the lives of these individuals, who have the potential


ACT mourns for Orlando

BY David Seymour at 13 June, 2016


ACT is deeply saddened by the recent shooting in Orlando.

“Our sympathies lie with the innocent victims and their families,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“It is vital that we stand by our values of freedom and tolerance, and condemn those who promote hatred, whether they are from within or outside New Zealand.

“This crime shows government and civil society must remain alert to the threat posed by those who do not share our liberal