Free Press: The ‘Boondoggle Budget’

BY ACT at 16 May, 2018


Free Press: The ‘Boondoggle Budget’


This Thursday, the Government will deliver its first Budget.


The level of waste and extravagance that will be packed into Grant Robertson’s offering – from free degrees for tomorrow’s elite, to billions in corporate welfare, a regional slush fund, and pensions for millionaires – means it deserves to be called the ‘Boondoggle Budget’.


Free degrees for tomorrow’s elite


Chris Hipkins’ $3 billion bribe will pay for

Free Press, 8 May 2018

BY ACT at 13 May, 2018


Two Nice Guys Offering More of the Same


Labour and National are offering Northcote voters near identical candidates for next month’s byelection.  We have known Shanan Halbert and Dan Bidois for fifteen years. Both are 35, academic, and middle of the road ideologically. Faced with each other on TV this weekend, neither could explain what was wrong with the other. They are two nice guys offering more of the same.


What If

Free Press, 1 May 2018

BY ACT at 2 May, 2018


Last week marked six months in office for the coalition Government. It has been a mixture of bad, ugly, and missed opportunities. This week, Free Press sums it all up.


The bad and the ugly


The Government has committed itself to policies that sounded great on the campaign trail, but which will leave hardworking Kiwis worse off.


Closing charter schools


The verdict is in: charter schools are improving engagement, innovation,

Free Press, 23 April 2018

BY ACT at 23 April, 2018


Free Press, 23 April 2018


This last week we saw more evidence of the Government putting PR ahead of good policy. 


Style over substance


On Friday, Jacinda Ardern was quoted using a Maori proverb at a dinner hosted by the Queen: “What is the most important thing in the world? It is the people, the people, the people.”


She implored other Commonwealth leaders to remember their role was to serve

Free Press, 16 April 2018

BY ACT at 18 April, 2018


Another Jacinda Surprise 


Last week, the Government decided to kneecap one of our most important industries, putting New Zealanders’ wellbeing at risk for what is essentially a photo op.


Hurting the economy…


The Government’s decision to end offshore oil and gas exploration will put thousands of jobs at risk.


The oil and gas industry contributes $2.5 billion to the New Zealand economy and $500 million to the Government in royalties