Just get on with congestion charging

ACT Leader David Seymour welcomes the government’s about face on congestion charges, with one condition.

“Road tolls shouldn’t be used as a cash grab. Any revenue generated from the tolls should be offset by cuts in petrol tax and, if appropriate, rates,” said Mr Seymour.

“People from Epsom and around Auckland tell me congestion is noticeably worse this year than last.  We can’t keep adding cars year after year, New Zealand should be using the latest technology to fight congestion.

Kiwis working longer, so when will we adjust Super?

“It’s baffling that the Government ignores the need for any adjustment of superannuation when Kiwis are working longer than ever,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

New Zealanders are ranked second in the OECD for their longevity in the workplace, according to PwC's Golden Age Index. The report says one in three New Zealanders will work past the age of 65.

Time to close ‘charitable purpose’ tax loophole

ACT Leader David Seymour used Question Time today to call on the Government to scrap the ‘charitable purpose’ tax loophole exploited by certain businesses at the expense of others.

“Taxpaying businesses are at a competitive disadvantage due to certain companies’ tax-free status," said Mr Seymour.  "This destroys the principle of a competitive marketplace.

Free Press - 14/06/2016

Insidious Bullying
Last night TV One revealed just how far the teachers’ unions will go in bullying partnership schools.  It is shameful.  We are all for raising the status of the teaching profession (a stated goal of the unions) but this kind of bullying behaviour is doing more damage to the profession than anyone else.

ACT welcomes tolerant refugees

ACT supports the increase in the refugee quota, but believes the Government should do more to ensure those arriving in New Zealand share our peaceful values.

“This level of increase is very close to where we would be if we had followed ACT’s policy of increasing the quota in line with our growing population,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.  “It will make a huge difference in the lives of these individuals, who have the potential to contribute greatly to this country.

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