Free Press -A Case Study in Government Waste

BY ACT at 19 March, 2018


How the Government Wastes Your Money

We were amazed to learn of a Government report on New Zealanders’ attitudes to sport. No private household or business would have paid for this truly asinine report, but the Government made sure every single one of you did. Since you paid for it (the Government hasn’t said how much), Free Press wants you to know what you got.

The Findings

“90 per cent of the people believe

How Much Was Spent Telling Us We Enjoy Sport?

BY ACT at 17 March, 2018


“Sport Minister Grant Robertson needs to reveal how much taxpayer money was spent on research that shows Kiwis ‘value’ sport”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“The only remarkable thing about this report is that a group of bureaucrats and politicians believed they needed to spend money finding out that physical activity has social and health benefits.


“No New Zealander will be surprised to learn any of the following:


“…New Zealanders see value in

Cut Corporate Welfare Before Going After ‘Rich Pricks’

BY ACT at 14 March, 2018


“The Government should be focussed on reducing wasteful spending before introducing new taxes”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“$1.6 billion of corporate welfare is doled out to politically-connected businesses each year. If Grant Robertson was able to do away with this expenditure, he would be able to cut the corporate tax rate by 6 percentage points – boosting wages, jobs, and growth – rather than increasing it as he intends.


“The outcome

Fees-Free’s Fatal Flaw

BY ACT at 8 March, 2018


“Chris Hipkins has confirmed the Government will this year waste about $38 million of taxpayer money on its flagship fees-free policy”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“In response to a select committee question, Hipkins said the dropout rate for first year students studying a bachelor’s degree was 14 per cent.


“‘Fees-free’ will cost $275 million this year, so New Zealanders can except about $38 million of their taxes to deliver exactly nothing.

Govt Easily Blunts Nats’ Corporate Welfare Attack

BY ACT at 28 February, 2018


“This afternoon, we witnessed in striking terms that National is no longer a credible voice for taxpayers”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. 


“During Question Time, Simon Bridges got zero traction while trying to attack the Prime Minister over the Provincial Growth Fund because, until 6 months ago, he was running the corporate welfare policies he is now seeking to discredit.


“Steven Joyce later desperately tried to claim credit for funding all of