Free Press - 29/08/2016

Muldoon Lives!
On the weekend New Zealand First challenged the Prime Minister to dictate which branches Westpac could and couldn’t close, because Westpac is the Government’s banker.  The taxpayer would effectively be subsidising Westpac to keep some branches open for political reasons.

Let’s not set back taxpayers’ rights by 327 years

Michael Woodhouse’s move to bypass parliamentary approval of tax changes via Orders of Council would take taxpayers’ rights back 327 years, says ACT Leader David Seymour. The move was first noticed by the Taxpayers’ Union last week.

“The Bill of Rights 1689, a mainstay of New Zealand law, is clear: no taxes should be levied without the authority of Parliament," says Mr Seymour. "So why is Michael Woodhouse breaking 327 years of precedent? And why didn’t he propose the change earlier, when it could have been debated in the Taxation Bill’s first reading?

Free Press - 22/08/2016

David vs. Jacinda
In this week’s Sunday Star Times column, David Seymour argues that student loan interest write-offs have been bad policy and Jacinda as usual attacks the messenger.  Read the full column here.

Only ACT supports a serious conversation with millennials

National’s defence of the failed interest-free student loan scheme leaves only ACT prepared to discuss the policy.

“Today’s New Zealand Initiative report confirms what ACT has believed all along," says ACT Leader David Seymour.  "The 2005 decision to remove all interest from student loans was a cynical bribe that has not made access more equal or millennials better off.

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