Five Takeaways from Grant Robertson’s Big Speech

BY ACT at 1 December, 2017


 

Pessimism about the economy 

 

The Finance Minister confirmed that bank economists were warning of dark clouds approaching the New Zealand economy.

 

Business confidence has fallen to an 8-year low on the back of uncertainty over the new Government’s quixotic schemes.

 

Paying lip-service to fiscal discipline

 

In front of a business crowd, Robertson hit the right notes by talking about getting “value for money”.

 

ACT is deeply sceptical.

 


Labour’s Stealthy Land Tax

BY ACT at 29 November, 2017


“The Government’s directive to further restrict the sale of land to overseas investors will wipe millions off working farmers’ hard earned wealth,” says ACT leader David Seymour.

“It’s an outrage that small family-owned farms of only five hectares will see thousands shaved off their land value and our Government punishing Kiwi farmers for their hard work. It’s a stealthy land tax by Labour.

“The Government shouldn’t be getting in the way of a willing buyer


Grant Robertson’s $4m Hollow Elephant

BY ACT at 23 November, 2017


“The Government’s announced $4m Tax Working Group has already ruled out so many options it should be pronounced Dead on Arrival and stopped” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Its terms of reference make it so barren it is reminiscent of Grant Robertson’s overegged ‘Future of Work’ project, which ended up reading like a c-grade social studies project.  The problem is now he’s playing with other people’s money, and the remaining ‘in-scope’ parts are dangerous and stupid.

“The


To the Socialists of All Parties -Free Press Monday 20 November

BY ACT at 20 November, 2017


 

The Road to Serfdom

Mugabe’s (and, more importantly, the people of Zimbabwe’s) demise reminds us of F.A. Hayek’s classic work The Road to Serfdom. Hayek maps out how government ownership of private property begets government control of all our lives, and only the nastiest among us have the desire and ruthlessness to run such all-powerful governments. You won’t hear it from the mainstream media, but Zimbabwe, Venezuela, and North Korea all have one thing


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