Free Press – How much school choice do we have?

BY ACT at 15 June, 2015


Inequality The OECD report on New Zealand last week noted inequality concerns – particularly equality of opportunity. The report said our education system is struggling to improve outcomes in poorer communities. True. ACT is working on this via Partnership Schools, but there is a long way to go. When you look around the world of education innovation, you see just how timid we are in NZ. Still, the opposition parties are apoplectic about our timid


Free Press – Rent controls and verbal tics

BY ACT at 9 June, 2015


Back Benchers A fun time was had by all last week, as Parmjeet Parmar, Jacinda Ardern, James Shaw and David Seymour sparred over a few issues. Consistency was gleefully tossed out the window as Jacinda segued from complaining that the sort of high calorie food you can buy at supermarkets is too cheap, to a moment later complaining about a supermarket duopoly making food too expensive. We think her point was that that cheap food


Free Press 2/06/2015

BY ACT at 2 June, 2015


Prime Minister on NZ Superannuation In the House last week the PM suggested we didn’t need to worry about NZ Super because it is only costing us less than 5% of GDP, compared with over 9% for the OECD average now.  He added that on current trends in NZ it would only rise to 8% of GDP by 2060.

Sound Reasonable? Well, that depends on whether all is well in the OECD countries that are


Free Press 25/05/2015

BY David Seymour at 25 May, 2015


We Rate the Budget Speeches Free Press observed the Budget Speeches live.  The media underreported the Government’s momentum and the opposition’s flat-footedness.  It was one-way traffic as the opposition sat dumbfounded at National stealing their policies.

Death by Assimilation National have returned to their traditional governing style, managing other parties’ ideas.  Labour promised to introduce a capital gains tax and build houses, the Greens promised to deal with child poverty, New Zealand First promises to


Free Press – 18/05/2015

BY ACT at 18 May, 2015


Capital Gains in Housing After years of pointing out the problems with unaffordable housing, the government is finally moving – by tinkering round the edges. Opposition parties are exasperated as they had wanted to do the same tinkering themselves. We used to say that only the Labour party would propose a tax to encourage supply, we are revising our lines.

If They Were Serious There would be measures on land use planning, infrastructure funding, and