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.

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.

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.

Regulation is the problem – not Uber

The Government’s standoff with Uber shows we need to simplify transport regulations, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“As Uber flouts licencing rules, Simon Bridges says NZTA is ‘considering all available options’. This ought to include simply scrapping the red tape around licencing,” says Mr Seymour.

“If the Minister capitulates to taxi lobbyists and bans Uber, it would send the completely wrong message about New Zealand’s attitude toward technological change.

Prudish alcohol laws must be revisited

ACT Leader David Seymour today congratulated Paul Foster-Bell on the passage of his Private Member’s bill, with regret that it was necessary.

“This is the second time in a year that we’ve had to rush a bill through parliament because our prudish alcohol law doesn’t work for the responsible majority.

“I note that none of the predictions of riots and disorder made over my Rugby World Cup amendment bill were remotely accurate.

Earthquake-prone buildings rules will hurt more than they will help

Earthquake-prone buildings legislation will hurt regional New Zealand unless changes are made, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“The government’s own analysis shows the new rules will have little impact on public safety and will waste three quarters of a billion dollars.  The real costs are likely to be much higher – in the billions,” says Mr Seymour.