ACT welcomes National adopting ACT policy

While it is light on specifics, ACT is glad that John Key’s conservation proposal draws heavily on ACT’s Sanctuary Trust policy, launched in February, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“The Prime Minister is absolutely on the right track, predator extermination is an important goal, it will take a very long term commitment, and that will require taxpayer funding distributed to private partners through an agency at arms-length from the Government of the day.

Free Press - 25/07/2016

David vs Jacinda
This week David Seymour takes aim at the teacher unions’ bullying tactics, and Jacinda Ardern is a pyromaniac in a field of strawmen.  The full Sunday Star Column is here.  The Labour Party need to show they are capable of criticising the unions’ movement when it is out of line.

Cannabis debate must consider social impacts

Research on cannabis law reform must measure social impacts, says ACT Leader David Seymour in response to a Treasury note estimating cannabis law enforcement plus lost tax revenue costs $550 million.

“What Treasury’s brainstorm didn’t estimate was the human costs of prohibition, such as the impact of imprisonment on families or mental health issues caused by prolonged cannabis use.

Reserve Bank action an indictment of Govt

New restrictions on lending announced by the Reserve Bank show how dysfunctional housing supply has become, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“In a normally functioning market, housing investment would stimulate supply, eventually bringing down prices," says Mr Seymour.  "The Bank is trying to reduce demand because it knows the market isn’t functioning.

“National and opposition parties support the Bank’s intervention, suggesting they’ve given up on responsive housing supply.

Free Press - 18/07/2016

Jennings for PM
Expat Kiwi billionaire Stephen Jennings made $5 billion as the only non-Russian oligarch in post-Soviet Russia.  Now he has a more ambitious plan to transform Africa as an urban developer, creating modern satellite cities for 70,000 people outside major African conurbations.  When he spoke in New Zealand last week, the most popular question was, when are you running for PM?

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