David Seymour

Minister ducks for cover on inappropriate use of police resources

The Minister of Police has failed to reassure New Zealanders that someone will take responsibility for any misuse of police resources to target euthanasia groups. She hides behind due process today while she is happy to crow about police operations when it suits, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“When New Zealanders see a blatant abuse of civil liberties, they expect someone to be held accountable. At the very least they expect the appropriate Minister to have a view on the principles of good policy. New Zealanders should be disappointed on both counts today.

Relief as taxpayers unburdened of Solid Energy investment

The sale of Solid Energy assets is a useful reminder of why taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to own businesses, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“This is a teachable moment for politicians who harp on about governments getting a revenue stream from business investments. For every productive investment there’s a Solid Energy.

Burglars have figured out they can get away with it

We should respond to spiking burglary rates with a Three Strikes for Burglary law, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“The 18% spike in burglary shows that burglars are learning that their enterprise is low-risk and high-reward,” says Mr Seymour.

‘Trains and sports good, computers bad’, says Winston

Winston Peters’ objection to handouts for Wynyard Group is rich coming from the king of corporate welfare himself, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“On the same day we hear money may be given to Duco Events for the Joseph Parker fight, Winston instead turns his sights on the payments given to Wynyard Group, a software firm.

“It’s no surprise. Gravy for sports companies is the kind of feel-good corporate welfare Winston supports. He just draws the line at new-fangled computer companies he doesn't understand.

Who will be held accountable for misuse of police checkpoints?

“People have the right to meet and discuss issues without fear of police harassment,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “The admission that the police used a drink-driving check point to obtain the identities of people attending a meeting is deeply un-Kiwi.

ACT commends Diane Maxwell for starting debate

ACT Leader David Seymour is commending Retirement Commissioner Diane Maxwell for starting the conversation New Zealanders need to have about Super and retirement, and challenging other leaders to put their cards on the table for younger voters to see before next years' election.

Prison blowout is actually a reoffending blowout

The government’s billion-dollar prison budget blowout shows they have failed to tackle reoffending and recidivism, and need to be smarter on crime, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Bill English has said himself that our prisons are a ‘moral and fiscal failure’, but the Government has not found ways to stop the cost of our prison population from growing.

“Corrections figures show a massive 69% of people starting new sentences have been sentenced previously. This reveals how our prison population blowout is largely a reoffending blowout.

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