Middlemore a prime example of public sector incompetence

BY ACT at 23 March, 2018


 

“So far, $11 million of operations, doctor’s appointments, and prescriptions have been lost thanks to incompetent government management by National and Labour”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

“Leaky building issues at Middlemore Hospital shows the problem with governments owning assets – they are poor managers of capital.

 

“This is a good lesson in property rights.

 

“Private owners of assets have strong financial incentives to maximise their value because they get the


National Party infighting costs households $1200

BY ACT at 23 March, 2018


 

“Comments by former Health Minister Jonathan Coleman show that National cannot be trusted to cut taxes when it returns to Government”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

“Mr Coleman made clear there are many National MPs who support even greater government spending instead of returning money to those who earned it.

 

“Last year’s PREFU showed the National Government had boosted its bank balance by overtaxing New Zealanders to the tune of $2.1 billion,


How Much Was Spent Telling Us We Enjoy Sport?

BY ACT at 17 March, 2018


 

“Sport Minister Grant Robertson needs to reveal how much taxpayer money was spent on research that shows Kiwis ‘value’ sport”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

“The only remarkable thing about this report is that a group of bureaucrats and politicians believed they needed to spend money finding out that physical activity has social and health benefits.

 

“No New Zealander will be surprised to learn any of the following:

 

“…New Zealanders see value in


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


Fees-Free’s Fatal Flaw

BY ACT at 8 March, 2018


 

“Chris Hipkins has confirmed the Government will this year waste about $38 million of taxpayer money on its flagship fees-free policy”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

“In response to a select committee question, Hipkins said the dropout rate for first year students studying a bachelor’s degree was 14 per cent.

 

“‘Fees-free’ will cost $275 million this year, so New Zealanders can except about $38 million of their taxes to deliver exactly nothing.