Free Press - Rugby games and sea change

We’re Back
Free Press returns after a short recess.  ACT is the Party of Ideas, and we have been busy writing David Seymour’s second book for a summer tour. 

A Common Sense Solution
When the house resumes next Tuesday, David Seymour will table a bill for pubs to open early and show the rugby.  It follows a British law put in place during the Soccer world cup.

Teachers with a conscience should leave the PPTA

“The PPTA’s blacklisting of a student teacher because he taught briefly at a Whangarei Partnership School is a shameful abuse of union power and teachers with a conscience should leave the union,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“It is a sad day when old-fashioned union muscle is used to damage the prospects of a student teacher because the union disagrees with the policies of an elected government.

ACT welcomes NZ First to Superannuation debate

ACT Leader David Seymour is delighted to read of MP Denis O’Rourke’s concern over ‘the demographic realities of an increasingly ageing and mobile New Zealand population’.

“It’s heartening to see New Zealand First acknowledge what ACT has highlighted for a long time,” said Mr Seymour.

“O’Rourke’s Bill would trim Super payments for expats and immigrants, but the issue goes much wider. The entire structure of NZ Super needs to be reviewed in light of looming demographic pressure on NZ Super and health spending.

World Cup audiences shouldn’t be stuck at home

ACT Leader David Seymour intends to introduce a Bill to let people watch the 2015 Rugby World Cup in bars and function rooms.

“For such an important one-off event as a Rugby World Cup on the other side of the world, outside our time zone, I think sports enthusiasts should be able to celebrate the occasion in the same way they would if these matches were within normal New Zealand hours,” said Mr Seymour.

New catchphrase won’t soothe rate pain

ACT Leader and Epsom MP David Seymour does not share Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development’s enthusiasm for a revamp of Auckland’s “global brand”.

“Funding an advisory panel to conjure up a new catchphrase or logo is last thing ratepayers want to hear about when they’ve just been informed of unprecedented rate hikes,” said Mr Seymour.

“The best possible brand for Auckland is of a city with smart governance, effective infrastructure, and affordable housing.