Taxation (Bright-line Test for Residential Land) Bill — Third Reading

BY Danae Smith at 12 November, 2015

DAVID SEYMOUR (Leader—ACT): We are, indeed, a House of Representatives, and was that last speech from Marama Davidson not 5 minutes of raging self-righteousness with very little to do with the bill? This bill is a public policy abomination. It is one the ACT Party will be supporting, because it is a Budget commitment, and supporting Budget commitments helps to keep those people over there in Opposition and these people over here in Government. From

David Seymour to the Minister for Building and Housing

BY David Seymour at 27 August, 2015

DAVID SEYMOUR (Leader—ACT) to the Minister for Building and Housing : Does he agree with the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank that the key problems with housing supply are “a limited supply of land ready for building; restrictive planning processes, and a lack of coordinated planning in infrastructure development”?

Hon PAULA BENNETT (Minister for Social Housing) on behalf of the Minister for Building and Housing : Yes, that is why

National colonises Labour’s policy manifesto

BY David Seymour at 28 July, 2015

“National is colonising the Labour manifesto with its signalled interest in a land tax on foreign house buyers,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Now that Labour and National seem to be in agreement, there is no debate over the real effect of a land tax or stamp duty.

“How much of the land tax’s cost will be paid by the intended targets – foreign buyers – and how much cost will be passed on to

Worksafe red tape making housing less affordable

BY David Seymour at 16 July, 2015

“Workplace safety standards need to be justified in cost-benefit terms,” says ACT Leader David Seymour in the wake of a new report [1] on building safety red tape.

“The existing regulations form yet another regulatory barrier to housing affordability,” said Mr Seymour.

“Builders are being forced to take ‘all practicable steps’ to ensure workplace safety. The threshold is drawn so low that builders even have to erect scaffolding on single-story sites.

“Scaffolding requirements are just

David Seymour on Labour’s race-baiting

BY David Seymour at 13 July, 2015

ACT Leader David Seymour spoke with Lisa Owen regarding Phil Twyford’s attempt to turn housing affordability into a racial debate. Video is available here.


Lisa Owen: Labour has released leaked real estate data showing that almost 40 percent of homes sold in Auckland between February and April this year were to people with Chinese surnames. The Nation can reveal that of suburbs of more than a hundred house sales, the three