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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


Free Press, 10 September 2018

BY ACT at 11 September, 2018


 

Free Press, 10 September 2018

Twyford’s PR Stunt

Housing Minister Phil Twyford claims a new housing development in Mt Roskill will help solve the housing crisis. The government plans to build 10,000 new homes over 15 years by demolishing 3000 existing state homes. That works out to be 466 additional homes a year. New Zealand has a housing shortage of 71,194, and 44,738 are needed in Auckland alone. This development will hardly make a


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