Free Press Monday 5 March Overseas Investment Act Disaster

BY ACT at 6 March, 2018


The New Government’s Worst Legislation So Far

Parliament’s Finance and Expenditure Committee sat for most of last week, including all day Friday in Auckland. We’re not complaining, but the reason is interesting. The Overseas Investment Amendment Bill has received 220 submissions, mostly very substantial and from the business community, who are outraged at this bill.

What it Does

Currently, any overseas person or organization with more than 25 per cent overseas ownership has to jump


Ideological Workplace Policy Will Mean Fewer Houses

BY ACT at 25 January, 2018


 

“The Government today confirmed it will gut a policy that has led to a 10 per cent increase in hiring in the construction industry,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

“The Government will limit the use of 90-day trial periods to businesses with fewer than 20 employees.

 

“This is despite the fact that Motu’s research found a 10.3 percent increase in hiring in the construction and wholesale trade industries as a result of


Housing Issue Will Define This Government

BY ACT at 22 January, 2018


 

“Another Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey has shown what ACT has long said: New Zealand has some of the most unaffordable housing in the world,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

“Out of nine English speaking countries studied, New Zealand Housing Affordability was the second worst. The Aussies beat us to the dubious honour of having the least affordable housing in the English speaking world by only a fraction.

 

“The Ardern Government was elected


Healthy Homes Bill Hurts The People It Claims To Help

BY ACT at 28 November, 2017


 

“Everybody agrees with the idea that people should have access to a healthy, warm and dry home,” says ACT leader David Seymour.

“The new Government will today continue pushing its Healthy Homes Bill through Parliament but while it may have good intentions it will only serve to hurt the people it claims to help – people living in cold and damp homes.

“All this Bill will do is impose additional costs on landlords which


ACT will declare Housing State of Emergency  

BY David Seymour at 21 September, 2017


ACT will insist the next government declare a Housing State of Emergency in Auckland to allow the building of new homes within the first 100 days, leader David Seymour said today.

“The pipeline and the Kaikoura earthquake has shown the government can swing into action to deal with crises. With children dying and teachers fleeing the city, It is past time we let builders and developers get on with the job of dealing with the housing