Greenpeace ban would be lose-lose

BY ACT at 19 March, 2018


“A ban on oil and gas exploration as proposed by Greenpeace would put 11,000 jobs at risk and could harm the environment”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


The oil and gas industry creates thousands of jobs, contributes $2.5 billion to the New Zealand economy and $500 million to the Government in royalties each year.


“Not only would a ban on exploration make us poorer as a country, it would drive production of

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

ACT Forces Tobacco Tax Backdown

BY ACT at 15 March, 2018


ACT Leader David Seymour has welcomed the Associate Health Minister’s backdown on tobacco taxes.


“Just two weeks ago, Jenny Salesa was neglecting her basic ministerial duties by not answering written parliamentary questions on tobacco taxes. I had to highlight this in a press release in order to get some answers.


“She eventually answered by saying she didn’t believe smokers were paying too much tax, she hadn’t asked for advice on

Young Labour Incident: Has Obstruction of Justice Taken Place?

BY ACT at 15 March, 2018


The Labour Party has relied on reviews for every real and imagined problem it faces, from housing to education to mental health, however using a review to duck responsibility for the Young Labour scandal is a new low. The questions it needs to ask are actually very simple ones:


Who knew about the alleged incidents that took place at the Young Labour camp and when did they know them?


Did they follow

Labour Must Refer Youth Wing Incident to Police

BY ACT at 14 March, 2018


ACT Leader David Seymour has challenged the Labour Party to refer allegations that minors were drinking alcohol at a Young Labour camp to Police.


Section 241(1) of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 stipulates that a “person who supplies alcohol to a minor commits an offence”. 


“In 2012, Labour MPs were incensed over National’s supposedly weak approach to the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Bill, including provisions relating to the supply of alcohol to minors”, says