ACT welcomes important progress for our trading nation

ACT Leader David Seymour welcomed the finalisation of the TPP agreement, freeing up trade amongst the twelve signatory countries across Asia and the Pacific.

“ACT is committed to free trade between nations, and this is another important step in that direction. Tariffs will be eliminated on 93% of our trade with these nations, once the agreement is fully phased in.

“New Zealand is a trading nation. International trade is the foundation of our nation’s wealth and the basis of our standard of living.

New ocean sanctuary welcome, but compensation principle important

ACT Leader David Seymour has welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement of an Ocean Sanctuary in the Kermadec region, but says the government must consider the costs imposed on private businesses.

“An important principle is at stake here. If justified, existing operators in fisheries and mining should be fully compensated,” said Mr Seymour.

Free Press - 28/09/2015

Stating Our Values
Serial migrator Oliver Hartwich of the New Zealand Initiative has lived in Germany, England, Australia and New Zealand.  He observes that all countries put migrants through the wringer with endless forms before they can become residents and citizens, but New Zealand omits one that Australia requires Hartwich is hardly a fan of bureaucracy, but points out that we don’t require new immigrants to sign a Values Statement.