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

Cut Corporate Welfare Before Going After ‘Rich Pricks’

BY ACT at 14 March, 2018


“The Government should be focussed on reducing wasteful spending before introducing new taxes”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“$1.6 billion of corporate welfare is doled out to politically-connected businesses each year. If Grant Robertson was able to do away with this expenditure, he would be able to cut the corporate tax rate by 6 percentage points – boosting wages, jobs, and growth – rather than increasing it as he intends.


“The outcome

Govt Fails to Protect Tobacco Retailers, Punishes Poor

BY ACT at 1 February, 2018


“The Government has continued the Nats’ weak approach to protecting tobacco retailers,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“The Government collects $1.7 billion per year in tobacco tax itself, and $1.9 billion when GST is included. This amount is forecast to grow to $2.2 billion by 2021.


“Stuart Nash is returning only $1.8 million, or 0.1% of revenue, to those business owners at most-risk of being robbed, assaulted or even murdered.



Robertson Continues Nats’ Taxation By Stealth

BY ACT at 15 December, 2017

“Grant Robertson will allow new benefits to rise in line with inflation while tax brackets will remain the same pushing middle income New Zealanders into the highest bracket”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. Mr Seymour has introduced an amendment to the Government’s Families Package Bill which would allow the Minister of Finance to index tax brackets to the rate of inflation, but Labour the Greens and New Zealand First voted against it. “We see the

Labour and National: Brothers from Different Mothers

BY ACT at 14 December, 2017


“Bill English and Steven Joyce are crying crocodile tears over tax cuts that never existed”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“If National wanted to complain about the new Government raising taxes, it should have cut them instead of just talking a big game when it was in power.

“The new Government’s mini-Budget extends National’s tax and spend approach.

“It is determined to roll out universal welfare programmes like fees-free university and winter energy payments