Welfare for Winston plain wrong

BY ACT at 3 July, 2018


“Winston Peters’ admission that he won’t be opting-out of the winter energy payment scheme shows what is wrong with universal welfare”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


ACT has calculated that approximately $73 million will be spent on winter energy payments for wealthy pensioners like Mr Peters who earns over $330,000 a year.


“The Government has an aversion to means-testing.


“So instead of targeting handouts at disadvantaged New Zealanders, it is using

A Winston wishlist

BY ACT at 12 June, 2018


While the Deputy Prime Minister’s decision to oppose scrapping the three strikes law is positive news, there is plenty more he could achieve in his time as Acting PM, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“ACT has drafted a modest wishlist, should Peters want to do more than simply enjoy the baubles that come with his new office.


“Acting PM Peters could allow all businesses – not just small firms – to keep

Acting PM can’t answer questions

BY ACT at 12 June, 2018


Parliament is unable to hold soon-to-be Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters on the welfare system given his current legal action, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


This afternoon in the House, Mr Seymour questioned Mr Peters about superannuation.


Mr Peters, answering on behalf of Jacinda Ardern, refused to answer, citing the sub judice rule.


“It is unacceptable that our soon-to-be acting Prime Minister is unable to answer basic questions about the welfare

Free Press Monday 5th February 2018

BY ACT at 5 February, 2018

Last Week in Parliament

The Government introduced legislation to prevent MPs leaving their party. David Seymour pointed out in the House it was fundamentally because of Winston Peters’ paranoia that his MPs would abandon him (but Free Press has recognized a second reason, see below). They introduced legislation to allow teachers to elect members of the Education Council. Some even claimed this would help the teacher shortage, Seymour pointed out that paying them

Tax Relief Risks Perception of Corruption

BY ACT at 28 January, 2018


“Winston Peters’ promise of tax relief for the racing industry risks creating the perception of US-style corruption”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“Mr Peters and NZ First have taken large donations from the racing industry in the past.


“For example, in 2008, the Dominion Post reported that a number of donations totalling at least $150,000 had been made to NZ First from accounts linked to the Vela family.


“This policy risks