International Finance Agreements Amendment Bill – Third reading

BY Danae Smith at 12 November, 2015


DAVID SEYMOUR (Leader—ACT): I rise on behalf of the ACT Party in support of this bill. May I just chime in in support of what the previous member, Clayton Cosgrove, said—that our international reputation does matter, people do watch what happens in this Chamber, and charity does begin at home. And the member may very well take those words on board: charity does begin at home. And as the Speaker said just yesterday, it is


ACT welcomes important progress for our trading nation

BY David Seymour at 6 October, 2015


ACT Leader David Seymour welcomed the finalisation of the TPP agreement, freeing up trade amongst the twelve signatory countries across Asia and the Pacific.

“ACT is committed to free trade between nations, and this is another important step in that direction. Tariffs will be eliminated on 93% of our trade with these nations, once the agreement is fully phased in.

“New Zealand is a trading nation. International trade is the foundation of our nation’s wealth


Fighting Foreign Corporate Control Bill

BY David Seymour at 23 July, 2015


DAVID SEYMOUR (Leader—ACT): It gives me great pleasure to rise on behalf of the ACT Party in opposition to this bill. I notice a slight contradiction in the two New Zealand First bills that have been presented—soon to be voted down tonight. The first one was about Parliament introducing a statute to undermine an agreement or a contract entered into by the Crown. The second is based on the claim that the Crown is about


Reply to Prime Minister’s statement on ISIL

BY David Seymour at 5 November, 2014


Delivered by ACT Leader David Seymour to Parliament, 5/11/2014:

I rise on behalf of the ACT Party in support of the proposals announced this morning.

My party believes that the first and most important role of the State is to protect citizens against thugs. This duty applies whether the thugs reside overseas or within our borders.

Given this extraordinary power, however, the State does have a tendency to overreach. Over the past century, much of