ACT fact check on PM’s migrant-bashing

BY ACT at 13 May, 2018


 

“The Prime Minister’s continued scapegoating of migrants for the housing crisis and for placing pressure on public services runs counter to the evidence”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

Jacinda Ardern has in recent days reiterated her position that migrants are pushing up house prices and are placing a heavy burden on New Zealand infrastructure.

 

Let’s check her claims against the official advice her Government has received.

 

1. Migrants are placing ‘unsustainable


Charter schools now in hands of union man

BY ACT at 13 May, 2018


 

“It is both sad and ironic that charter schools will now be overseen by an ex-union boss”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

Chris Hipkins has announced that former NZEI president Bruce Adin will oversee an advisory group to replace the Partnership Schools Authorisation Board that resigned in protest in March.

 

“This shows just how close Labour is to the union movement.

 

“Chris Hipkins, right from the very start of his tenure as Education


Charter school board accused Govt of “mistruths”

BY ACT at 13 May, 2018


 

Before resigning in protest at the Government’s decision to close charter schools, the Board set up to oversee them wrote a scathing letter to Education Minister Chris Hipkins.

 

The Partnership Schools/Kura Hourua Authorisation Board resigned en masse on 1 March, saying it would play no part in implementing the Government’s decision.

 

“The Board wrote that it was concerned about the ‘many half-truths’ and ‘mistruths’ that the Government had used to attack charter schools”,


PM too embarrassed to face questions but won’t apologise

BY ACT at 13 May, 2018


 

“In an unprecedented move, the Prime Minister today refused to answer a basic question over her Government’s immigration policy”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

“Asked to defend Phil Twyford’s infamous ‘Chinese-sounding surnames’ tactics, she wouldn’t. The Prime Minister wouldn’t even leave her seat. She was simply too embarrassed over her party’s racist ploy to blame house prices on migrants.

 

“She should be embarrassed, but that is no reason to evade ministerial accountability for


Jacinda tries to re-write history in new interview

BY ACT at 18 April, 2018


 

“Jacinda Ardern is trying to re-write history with comments that she ran an ‘outward facing’ election campaign”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

In a new interview, the Prime Minister said ‘The suggestion in any way that New Zealand wasn’t an open outward facing country, the suggestion that I was leading something that was counter to that value, made me extremely angry.’

 

“Labour’s policy during the election campaign was to cut immigration numbers