“The Greens’ Faster Into Homes policy is a cute piece of political marketing that will hurt the young people it is trying to help,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.
“The fundamental problem is that once you’ve saved for a deposit you have to start making repayments to your mortgage, but under the Greens’ plan you’ve still got your student loan taking 12 per cent of your income. Not only does that reduce your ability to pay a mortgage, banks will likely take it into account, demanding higher deposits and or higher interest rates.
The clash between archaic attitudes and modern technology couldn’t have been made starker than by the attitudes shown by Select Committee MPs when Uber testified at parliament today, says ACT Leader David Seymour.
The Maunga Authority’s refusal to consult the public over planned vehicle bans on Auckland’s volcanic sites is disgraceful, says ACT Leader David Seymour.
“The unelected Maunga Authority haven’t consulted with the people who actually use the mountain, which makes a mockery of their claims of public support. If they really do have public support, then they shouldn’t be afraid of consultation.
The Greens need to establish facts instead of sullying the reputations of Wellington landlords, says ACT Leader David Seymour.
“James Shaw is sullying the reputation of landlords by publicly reckoning that they’re charging evacuated tenants rent, without providing any evidence or names of affected buildings. In fact, he couldn’t even tell Mike Hosking if this was against the law or not.
Local government needs to be given freedom from central government interference, combined with clearer accountability to voters, says ACT Leader David Seymour in the wake of the New Zealand Initiative’s latest report on localism.
The report summarises its idea as “setting clear roles for each tier of government, with limits on the ability of either party to act beyond these limits”.