Prison blowout is actually a reoffending blowout

The government’s billion-dollar prison budget blowout shows they have failed to tackle reoffending and recidivism, and need to be smarter on crime, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Bill English has said himself that our prisons are a ‘moral and fiscal failure’, but the Government has not found ways to stop the cost of our prison population from growing.

“Corrections figures show a massive 69% of people starting new sentences have been sentenced previously. This reveals how our prison population blowout is largely a reoffending blowout.

Inequality report shows MPs must renew focus on housing supply

Increasing the supply of housing should be a multi-partisan priority if Parliament is serious about decreasing inequality, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“The New Zealand Initiative report confirms what ACT has always said: ignoring the political noise reveals ballooning housing costs are the chief driver of inequality in recent decades,” says Mr Seymour.

Police action against assisted dying group is gratuitous

Police raids on an assisted dying group raise serious questions about police treatment of a politically sensitive issue, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“With rates of burglary and assault going up, this is a baffling use of police resources. And putting an elderly woman in the cells for a nonviolent offence is a gratuitous use of intimidation tactics.

Why not cut tax today?

The Government could cut taxes today if it wanted, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Taxpayers shouldn’t be bribed and manipulated with the vague whiff of tax cuts. Instead, the Government should cut taxes now, then campaign in 2017 on its record, instead of just promises. There’s nothing in the law that forces the Government to wait for a Budget to cut taxes.

Plastic bag levy is science-free environmental populism

ACT Leader David Seymour is urging MPs and pundits to consider overseas evidence showing the unintended consequences of plastic bag levies, as a bill on the issue is being introduced to the private members’ ballot.

“It’s a nice piece of environmental populism, but laws should be judged on their actual environmental effects, not just their intentions. A levy might reduce plastic bag use, but there would be substitution effects as people switch to reusable plastic or cotton bags.