Why is National boasting about taxing New Zealanders?

The Government’s boast about income redistribution takes campaigning from the right and governing from the left to a whole new level, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“The National Party has quit hiding its socialist streak – it’s boasting about it,” says Mr Seymour.

Seymour to Twyford: Put your money where your mouth is

ACT Leader David Seymour is challenging Labour Housing Spokesman Phil Twyford to put his money where his mouth is on Urban Growth Boundaries.

“His proposed amendment to remove Urban Growth Boundaries was a good one, so why doesn’t he turn it into a private members’ bill, and put it in the ballot?” says Mr Seymour.

“Surely this is a more important issue than wheel clamping, which Mr Twyford’s current members’ bill addresses – a strange priority for a housing spokesperson.”

Labour’s use of urgency a hypocritical u-turn

Labour’s use of urgency to debate far-reaching housing legislation is a hypocritical turnaround, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Just yesterday Labour claimed it was unconstitutional to debate housing legislation under urgency, yet they now propose far-reaching legislation under the same state of urgency. This makes a mockery of their former outrage," says Mr Seymour.

Special Housing Areas simply ad hoc tinkering

Nick Smith’s extension of Special Housing Area legislation does nothing to address the fundamental barriers to housing supply, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Special Housing Areas make easy photo-ops, but are little more than ad hoc tinkering,” says Mr Seymour.

Let’s not set back taxpayers’ rights by 327 years

Michael Woodhouse’s move to bypass parliamentary approval of tax changes via Orders of Council would take taxpayers’ rights back 327 years, says ACT Leader David Seymour. The move was first noticed by the Taxpayers’ Union last week.

“The Bill of Rights 1689, a mainstay of New Zealand law, is clear: no taxes should be levied without the authority of Parliament," says Mr Seymour. "So why is Michael Woodhouse breaking 327 years of precedent? And why didn’t he propose the change earlier, when it could have been debated in the Taxation Bill’s first reading?

Only ACT supports a serious conversation with millennials

National’s defence of the failed interest-free student loan scheme leaves only ACT prepared to discuss the policy.

“Today’s New Zealand Initiative report confirms what ACT has believed all along," says ACT Leader David Seymour.  "The 2005 decision to remove all interest from student loans was a cynical bribe that has not made access more equal or millennials better off.

Government is in dreamland over P-licence safety

The Government is in dreamland if it thinks the outdated P-licencing system is safer than GPS-tracked, consumer-rated rideshare services, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Simon Bridges’ confession that P-licenced drivers are operating with drink driving or dangerous driving convictions contradicts his defence of P-licencing as an assurance of safety.

“Meanwhile, he’s threatening to ban services which ensure safety through real-time GPS tracking and two-way evaluation. The Government’s attitude toward taxi safety has been leapfrogged by technology.

Fourth Partnership Schools application round opens

David Seymour, Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education has welcomed the opening of the fourth round of applications to establish Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua (Partnership Schools).

This round, announced last month, will see successful applicants opening their school(s) in 2018.

Tracey Martin spreads misinformation

Tracey Martin is spreading misinformation about teacher qualification at Partnership Schools, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Tracey Martin has said that Partnership Schools can ‘put untrained and unqualified individuals into classrooms’,” says Mr Seymour.

“That is simply untrue.  Any Partnership School teachers that are not registered with the Education Council must have an exemption provided by the school showing their alternative qualifications, skills, and experience and demonstrating how these assets will lift achievement.

ACT applauds Teach First expansion

ACT Leader David Seymour has applauded the Government’s decision to push on with the Teach First policy.

“We need a wider range of pathways to ensure that talented individuals are put in front of Kiwi students. Teach First fulfils this need,” says Mr Seymour.

“We know that teacher quality is one of the most important determinants to ensure student success, so targeting top graduates is a no-brainer.