Free Press 27/01/2015

Welcome to the first ever edition of Free Press, ACT’s new regular bulletin.  If you’re wondering why you’ve received this, we’ve used the same mailing list as Richard Prebble’s classic The Letter, and hope we can stimulate you in the same way.  Otherwise, feel free to exercise your freedom of association and click the unsubscribe button at the bottom of your email.

ACT welcomes commitment to RMA reform

“ACT welcomes the acknowledgement by Environment Minister Nick Smith that the RMA has become a major impediment to development, is costing jobs, making housing too expensive and not even doing a great job at managing natural resources,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.
 
“The Treasury-commissioned report released by Mr Smith confirms the stifling and expensive effects of the RMA on development.

ACT welcomes taxi law review

ACT Leader David Seymour welcomes Craig Foss’ prompt call to review taxi and private car hire regulations, announced today.

“I believe that entrepreneurship and the fast adoption of new technologies are essential to the prosperity of small nations such as New Zealand,” said Mr Seymour, who wrote to the Minister of Transport requesting such a review last week.

Taxi regulations threaten entrepreneurship and innovation

“Smartphone-based taxi technology has provided greater choice for New Zealand consumers, but in some cases could prove illegal under current transport regulations,” said ACT Leader David Seymour today.

Newsletter - A year of inequality debate

Inequality and poverty issues were big news this past year.

The English version of Thomas Piketty’s book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, was published in April.  It provided an impressive collection of historical data on trends in wealth distribution. Much less impressive was the interpretation of the data and the theory that went with it.

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