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.

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.