David Seymour

Inequality report shows MPs must renew focus on housing supply

Increasing the supply of housing should be a multi-partisan priority if Parliament is serious about decreasing inequality, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“The New Zealand Initiative report confirms what ACT has always said: ignoring the political noise reveals ballooning housing costs are the chief driver of inequality in recent decades,” says Mr Seymour.

Police action against assisted dying group is gratuitous

Police raids on an assisted dying group raise serious questions about police treatment of a politically sensitive issue, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“With rates of burglary and assault going up, this is a baffling use of police resources. And putting an elderly woman in the cells for a nonviolent offence is a gratuitous use of intimidation tactics.

Why not cut tax today?

The Government could cut taxes today if it wanted, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Taxpayers shouldn’t be bribed and manipulated with the vague whiff of tax cuts. Instead, the Government should cut taxes now, then campaign in 2017 on its record, instead of just promises. There’s nothing in the law that forces the Government to wait for a Budget to cut taxes.

Plastic bag levy is science-free environmental populism

ACT Leader David Seymour is urging MPs and pundits to consider overseas evidence showing the unintended consequences of plastic bag levies, as a bill on the issue is being introduced to the private members’ ballot.

“It’s a nice piece of environmental populism, but laws should be judged on their actual environmental effects, not just their intentions. A levy might reduce plastic bag use, but there would be substitution effects as people switch to reusable plastic or cotton bags.

Commerce Minister must clear the way for P2P lending

ACT Leader David Seymour is calling on the Minister of Commerce to allow peer-to-peer platforms flexibility about who they charge for their service.

“A country of our size and location must be a more nimble regulator than other countries, especially in a time of rapid technological change. It was disappointing to see the Minister of Commerce, under questioning in the House, had no answers other than that he’s ‘considering the options’, especially considering the sector brought this to his attention four months ago.

Government home building comes at cost of private development

The Government’s plan to build more houses will come at the cost of private housing development, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

Assisted dying's opponents should look to Desmond Tutu

“Desmond Tutu’s beautifully written Washington Post Op-ed might as well be an open letter to New Zealand opponents of assisted dying,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

PPTA president's comments disgrace her profession

ACT Leader David Seymour says teachers should call for Post Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA) President Angela Roberts' resignation after her casual dismissal of inappropriate conduct towards students being due to ‘stress.’

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