Free Press – 05/04/2017

BY ACT at 5 April, 2017


NATIONAL DISAPPOINTMENT
This week, National is working with the Māori Party to pass weak reforms to the Resource Management Act, adding bureaucracy and pandering to iwi interests.

WHAT DO THE REFORMS DO?
Within six months of a local body election the Council must identify Iwi in its jurisdiction and make an Arrangement for planning. So after the democratic election comes an undemocratic one. National will try to play down the significance of this move, but if you’re on the fence you need only ask yourself: Why have the Māori Party been prepared to walk away from Government to achieve it?


Free Press – 03/04/2017

BY ACT at 3 April, 2017


ACT LAYS DOWN A CHALLENGE
In a full-length interview with The Nation on Saturday, David Seymour laid out ACT’s challenge for 2017: To hold the balance of power after the election, stop New Zealand First, keep Labour, the Greens, and Mana out of power, and hold National accountable to taxpayers. The full interview is here.


Free Press – 20/03/2017

BY ACT at 20 March, 2017


RMA SCHEMOZZLE CONTINUES

The Resource Management Legislation has hit the wall, with the Māori Party severely overplaying their hand. They are continuing to wag the dog even after securing major concessions that make the reforms tepid at best and separatist at worst. Rural New Zealand is in revolt, if our email inbox is anything to go by.


Free Press – 13/03/2017

BY ACT at 13 March, 2017


ACT SETS THE AGENDA
ACT set the Superannuation agenda this week. The news from Tuesday seized on our message of intergenerational fairness, specifically the observation that National’s delay in raising the age of entitlement to 67 would cost $58 billion, mostly to be paid in taxes by millennials. The response throughout the week has been strong and supportive, most noticeably at the packed University of Auckland debate hosted by Patrick Gower.


Free Press – 6/03/2016

BY ACT at 6 March, 2017


POOR SCRIPT WRITERS

Free Press has been feeling for the script writers at the popular Netflix series House of Cards. Their premise is a ruthless President who will break any rule to obtain and retain power, but how will they write anything better than Fox News or CNN in 2017?

TAKING THE PROVERBIAL?

Meanwhile, closer to home. Satirists couldn’t have captured a meandering risk averse government better than today’s real life announcement on Superannuation. The Government knows that making Superannuation sustainable is an issue, and it runs deep because it’s about fairness among generations. Their announcement that they will deal to the problem starting in 2037 is dumbfounding.