Free Press Monday 12 February 2018

BY David Seymour at 12 February, 2018


Massive Success

Thank you to those who came out to the very short notice and very wet, but very well attended and very well reported rally to save Partnership Schools. We had always wondered how protests happened, when you get a passionate group of people they easily spill out and take over the streets. You can watch TV3’s coverage here.

Keeping the Momentum Going

The public backlash against closing Partnership Schools has been phenomenal.


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


Foreign Home-Buyer Ban Driven By Populist Hysteria

BY ACT at 19 December, 2017


 

“The Government’s decision to ban foreign home-buyers shows it is all too willing to bow to populist pressure and is unserious about tackling the housing crisis”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

“The evidence from jurisdictions which have restricted foreign home-buyers is that these measures do not work. Hong Kong, Vancouver, Sydney and Melbourne have all banned or taxed foreign home-buyers and yet are still in the top ten least-affordable cities in the world


Massive Questions Remain over Government’s Foreign Home-Buyer Ban

BY ACT at 16 December, 2017


 

“The Government needs to immediately come clean over whether its foreign home-buyer ban breaches basic human rights and contravenes New Zealand’s trade deals with other countries”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

On Thursday, the Government introduced legislation which would ban foreign home-buyers. Treasury has now released the advice it provided to Ministers on the proposed ban. It raises a number of questions which the Government must immediately answer.

 

“First, is the ban consistent