David Seymour

Epsom MP's thoughts with daycare children

Epsom MP David Seymour responds to incident at Newmarket daycare:

"It's very distressing to hear of the injuries and my thoughts are with these toddlers and their families. I'm sure all people who've heard this news are hoping for a speedy recovery.

"My office is right next door so I see these children and their parents regularly. This news puts into perspective what issues matter.

Andrew Little: Ideology Trumps Purpose

“Andrew Little has allowed ideology to trump the purpose of helping young children gain the skills they need,” says a highly disappointed ACT leader, David Seymour.

“I really hoped Andrew might start a serious policy debate, but the speech was so platitudinous we could hardly find anything worth rebutting except his ignorance of how Partnership Schools work.

Little championed social workers who go to students’ homes and motivate them to work and learn, while vowing to scrap Partnership Schools.

Government disregarded property rights in Christchurch red zone

ACT Leader David Seymour has joined the Human Rights Commission in calling for stronger protections of property rights in the wake of the Christchurch red zone experience.

“Many red zone residents felt completely kicked around as the Government overrode existing laws protecting property rights,” says Mr Seymour.

Parliament’s time no longer used on lost luggage and electronic annual report bills

Parliament’s time will no longer be consumed debating Matt Doocey’s member’s bill, as a Supplementary Order Paper put forward by ACT Leader David Seymour has passed, adding Mr Doocey’s bill to the broader Statutes Amendment Bill. The infamous ‘lost luggage’ bill was felled by Labour’s Kris Faafoi using the same technique.

Joseph Parker fight was almost a corporate welfare trap

The Government should scrap the Major Events Fund, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“The Government narrowly escaped getting sucker-punched by Duco Events,” says Mr Seymour.

“It turns out funding wasn’t needed for New Zealand to host the Joseph Parker fight. But the Government never ruled out giving gravy to Duco – it was actually Duco who ran away from the idea when they realised it was getting political.

“This raises the question, how many events has the government funded that could have gone ahead without corporate welfare?

No moral high ground on Saudi sheep deal

ACT Leader David Seymour responds to the Auditor General’s report on the Saudi sheep deal:

“Wasteful deal-making like this is the natural consequence of a culture of corporate welfare,” says Mr Seymour. “The Saudi sheep deal only escapes being labelled ‘corrupt’ by virtue of how common these arrangements are across all New Zealand Governments.

Lower unemployment? Time for tax cuts

The Government’s strong employment figures, on top of the recovering milk prices, are another reason we should cut taxes, says ACT Leader David Seymour in the wake of new employment figures.

“As more people move into employment, the Government sucks up extra revenue from income tax and spends less on benefits. That creates space to give workers some long-awaited tax relief.