Reform of the Resource Management Act (RMA) remains very much on the election agenda, says ACT Leader David Seymour. This comes as the Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA) names RMA reform as their number one priority for the election.
“It is with great sorrow that we hear former Prime Minister Jim Bolger is now parroting online social justice warriors, complaining about ‘neo-liberalism’,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.
“He is wrong that neoliberalism has led to inequality globally. Global absolute poverty recently fell below 10 per cent for the first time in history. When Mr Bolger was first elected, it was 37 per cent.
“He is wrong about inequality in New Zealand. According to the
DAVID SEYMOUR (Leader—ACT): I rise on behalf of the ACT Party in opposition to this bill. Minister Nick Smith, when he said that housing affordability is a major problem, was absolutely correct, and the Minister’s diagnosis of that problem—that it is primarily caused by the price of land—is absolutely correct. We have become a country that is 0.80 percent urbanised by area and yet—and yet—has a chronic shortage of land on which Kiwis
RMA reforms set to pass today will do nothing to address New Zealand’s housing shortfall of 500,000, says ACT Leader David Seymour.
“Shamubeel Eaqub has pointed out the obvious: until we start building at the rate we achieved in the ‘70s, housing will remain unaffordable.
Just as ACT warned last month, the National-Maori Party RMA deal has got even worse, reaching a botched compromise on genetic modification.
“Just this afternoon, hours before the changes are set to be debated, and with no consultation, National and the Maori Party have confirmed a compromise to allow ministerial override of local plans, except in the case of local GE-free policies,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.