"All politicians should take the Productivity Commission's call to reintroduce interest on student loans seriously instead of running for the hills at the first hint of a policy debate, it's called leadership," says ACT Leader David Seymour.
"The interest-free loan scheme takes students for fools who can't work out it is they who will pay for interest write offs through higher taxes for the rest of their careers. Worse, students who make good decisions and study hard are forced to subsidise those who made bad decisions and mess around."
The Opposition’s hypocrisy over ‘dirty deals’ is brazen, says ACT Leader David Seymour as the Green Party confirms that they won’t stand a candidate in Mt Roskill as part of an arrangement with Labour.
“Michael Wood’s campaign in Mt Roskill is set to be a brazen display of hypocrisy,” says Mr Seymour. “Two years ago he was bemoaning John Key’s endorsement of a vote for me in Epsom as a ‘dodgy deal’. Now look at him.
Colorado doctors are officially neutral on assisted dying – New Zealand doctors and the New Zealand public deserve the same honest representation from the New Zealand Medical Association, says End of Life Choice Bill sponsor David Seymour.
“The New Zealand Medical Association has submitted that it opposes physician-assisted dying, but only told us that there are ‘a range’ of views among its members,” says Mr Seymour.
With overseas terror attacks and mass migration of un-vetted refugees into Europe, many people are concerned about the connection between Islam and terrorism, along with the social unrest that can accompany large-scale migration. While New Zealand has been relatively insulated it would be incredibly naive to think we are immune to the challenges faced by Europe and the US.
Winston Peters’ call for intervention over the partial sale of a private company proves he is unfit to be in Government, says ACT Leader David Seymour.
“It’s disturbing that Winston Peters, who could potentially hold the balance of power after the election, would override the recommendation of the Overseas Investment Office and block the partial sale of a private company,” says Mr Seymour.
“Why does Winston think he knows better than the thousands of Kiwi shareholders who voted for this sale?
Proposed changes to passenger licencing rules, such as scrapping the requirement for a $600 passenger endorsement course, could be signed into law today, says ACT Leader David Seymour.
“A number of passenger licence rules are set to be scrapped whenever the Land Transport Amendment Bill passes. These revisions could be approved today by the Minister, so why tie them to a broader bill that might take a year to pass?