Labour’s “Great Loosening” -Free Press Monday 13 November 2017

BY ACT at 13 November, 2017


Totally Crooked

The revelation that Winston Peters filed court proceedings against Bill English and Paula Bennett at 4:59pm on the eve of the election makes a farce of his coalition negotiations with National. The decision was made as soon as the special votes gave Lab-Gre-NZF a comfortable three vote margin. Free Press (almost) feels sorry for all those who voted for and even made large donations (when will they be declared?) to New Zealand First


The Government’s $3 Billion Dollar Income Tax Surprise

BY ACT at 8 November, 2017


Speech to House of Representatives, Address in Reply Debate

Mr Speaker,

I rise on behalf of the ACT Party in reply to the Governor General’s Speech.

Mr Speaker, we have seen the birth of E! Channel politics in New Zealand. The Prime Minister’s delivery was the best I have seen in this house. What a pity about the substance.

The substance is elsewhere. We have just seen one doddery man whose own electorate voted him


Hipkins Creates More Partnership School Confusion

BY ACT at 8 November, 2017


“Education Minister Chris Hipkins has caused more confusion to Partnership Schools and their students by reinstating the Education (Charter Schools for Public Good Not Profit) Bill,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.”

“Does he intend for the schools to continue while disallowing profit, to close them, or was the resinstatement of this bill another administrative error in the opening of parliament?”

“ACT has called on the Minister to make a clear and trasparent policy statement as to what


Hipkins Must Come Clean on Partnership School Policy

BY David Seymour at 5 November, 2017


 

“The Education Minister needs to take a deep breath and consult with people affected by his decisions before making conflicting statements that affect children’s learning,” says ACT leader David Seymour.

After reports regarding four Partnership Schools contracted to open in 16 months’ time that ‘he can say with some confidence they won’t go ahead,’ newly minted Education Minister is now reported as saying he ‘had asked for urgent advice on the


Education Minister in Over His Head

BY ACT at 5 November, 2017


“Education Minister Chris Hipkins is already in over his head,” says ACT Leader David Seymour after the Minister sort-of cancelled four Partnership Schools who have been contracted to open in 14 months’ time.

“If this is how he does business,” says Seymour, “then he is going to find Government very tough.”

“The Sponors of these schools are passionate educators who were required to demonstrate community support for their schools before their applications were accepted. He’s not