David Seymour

Winston is all bluster over looting

Winston Peters’ call for ‘new laws’ on looting lacks credibility, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“It’s a bit rich for Winston to campaign against crime when he’s considering going into coalition with Labour-Greens, who fundamentally disagree with getting tough on criminals.

“ACT actually has a track record of strengthening penalties for crime. We convinced the Government to pass Three Strikes for Violent Crime back in 2010 which is already working to reduce reoffending.

Sloganeering bureaucrats are out of control

ACT Leader David Seymour says it's time to put councils back in their box, after Auckland Council bureaucrats spent $500,000 coming up with the slogan "The place desired by many".

"I'm out door knocking in the Epsom electorate today and what I generally hear constituents want from Council is not a new slogan but some other things," says Mr Seymour.

Nanaia Mahuta, withdraw your bill and debate something useful

Nanaia Mahuta’s Charter Schools (Application of Official Information and Ombudsmen Acts) Bill would represent a pointless overreach into private management decisions, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“It would be an overreach for the government to force a private organisation to respond to OIA requests. The government contracts with many groups, such as building companies, but they’re not subject to the OIA.

Will Labour finally abandon their campaign against partnership schools?

Labour needs give up on its campaign against partnership schools, says ACT Leader David Seymour, after Chris Hipkins’ bill to abolish the schools was voted down at first reading.

“With the definitive failure of this bill, Labour can finally abandon their union-driven campaign to close down these ground breaking, community-driven schools.

ACT: There’s more to American democracy than Trump

ACT Leader David Seymour responds to the US election result:

“This result will certainly concern many New Zealanders, but American democracy reflects the will of American voters. This result should be respected, and ACT offers its congratulations to president-elect Trump.

National try to bury weak RMA reform

National have proven how embarrassed they are of their ineffectual RMA reform by announcing it during the climax of the US election, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“They couldn’t have buried their deflated reform better if they’d announced it on Christmas Eve. If the RMA Emperor had any clothes he would’ve announced this any other day of the year,” says Mr Seymour.

Environment Minister could intervene over Waikato farming restrictions

ACT Leader David Seymour today questioned the Environment Minister over the effect of the Healthy Rivers plan on Waikato farmers.

David Seymour: Will the Minister rule in or out invoking section 142 of the Resource Management Act and appointing a board of inquiry for the Healthy Rivers: Plan for Change/Wai Ora: He Rautaki Whakapaipai, in light of complaints from farmers in the area that it will put them out of business?

ACT cautiously supports energy innovation bill at first reading

ACT Leader David Seymour has voted for the Energy Innovation (Electric Vehicles and Other Matters) Amendment Bill at first reading today, but will continue to discuss possible changes with the Minister of Energy.

“This Government is right to consider emerging transport technologies. New Zealanders choosing to use electric and self-driving cars may well do far more to improve congestion and pollution than anything else,” says Mr Seymour.