Councillors must approve 400,000 homes

Auckland Councillors must approve the proposed Unitary Plan’s goal of allowing 422,000 dwellings in the next 30 years, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Solving a housing shortage is simple: let people build houses. The proposed Unitary Plan allows for 422,000 houses over the next 30 years. It’s an ambitious and necessary target.

Auckland Council must step up or step aside

All eyes will be on Auckland Council tomorrow as they respond to the Independent Hearings Panel’s proposed Unitary Plan, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Prospective homebuyers have already waited too long for a workable solution to Auckland’s housing shortage," says Mr Seymour.

“We know that homeowners in the centre of the city are not opposed to intensification and in some cases welcome it, but they have specific, and in my view legitimate, concerns over school zones and funding, congestion, and community character.

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.

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