Tax on ciggies is ‘blood money’

BY ACT at 19 March, 2018


 

“After two violent dairy robberies in the past week, it is only a matter of time before someone is killed, and both Labour and National will be responsible”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

“The $1.7 billion per year in tobacco tax revenue collected by the Government each year is blood money, obtained by putting people’s lives at risk.

 

“Just $1.8 million of that revenue, or 0.1%, is directed to protecting dairy owners at risk


ACT Forces Tobacco Tax Backdown

BY ACT at 15 March, 2018


 

ACT Leader David Seymour has welcomed the Associate Health Minister’s backdown on tobacco taxes.

 

“Just two weeks ago, Jenny Salesa was neglecting her basic ministerial duties by not answering written parliamentary questions on tobacco taxes. I had to highlight this in a press release in order to get some answers.

 

“She eventually answered by saying she didn’t believe smokers were paying too much tax, she hadn’t asked for advice on


Govt Fails to Protect Tobacco Retailers, Punishes Poor

BY ACT at 1 February, 2018


 

“The Government has continued the Nats’ weak approach to protecting tobacco retailers,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

“The Government collects $1.7 billion per year in tobacco tax itself, and $1.9 billion when GST is included. This amount is forecast to grow to $2.2 billion by 2021.

 

“Stuart Nash is returning only $1.8 million, or 0.1% of revenue, to those business owners at most-risk of being robbed, assaulted or even murdered.

 

“Mr


Labour’s “Great Loosening” -Free Press Monday 13 November 2017

BY ACT at 13 November, 2017


Totally Crooked

The revelation that Winston Peters filed court proceedings against Bill English and Paula Bennett at 4:59pm on the eve of the election makes a farce of his coalition negotiations with National. The decision was made as soon as the special votes gave Lab-Gre-NZF a comfortable three vote margin. Free Press (almost) feels sorry for all those who voted for and even made large donations (when will they be declared?) to New Zealand First


Outrageous Daylight Attack Shows Nats, Labour Failure On Youth Crime

BY David Seymour at 18 September, 2017


“The outrageous daylight attack on a train and its passengers in Mt Albert is the final end point of the out of control youth crime problem gifted to New Zealand by National and Labour governments, ACT leader David Seymour says.

“We now have a situation where gangs of masked young thugs can attack a train full of passengers knowing they won’t be touched by criminal law,” he said. “They are laughing at the government and