Epsom MP David Seymour to host community meeting on crime and window washers

“At residents' request, I am hosting a community meeting on what can be done about a series of violent incidents in and around Remuera and Greenlane interchange,” says Epsom MP David Seymour.

At Cornwall Park School this coming Monday Mr Seymour will bring together representatives of local police, security, and Auckland Transport, and the principals of Cornwall Park District School and Remuera Intermediate.

State school failure shows value of Partnership Schools

Failing state schools are avoiding closure, which shows the value of the Partnership Schools model, says ACT Leader David Seymour. A New Zealand Initiative report shows some state schools poorly perform for at least a decade.

“It’s an open secret that certain state schools just aren’t up to scratch, even after years of negative reviews and interventions,” said Mr Seymour.

Labour on Shewan report: then and now

Andrew Little, then:

“John Key’s decision to appoint John Shewan to review New Zealand’s dodgy foreign trust rules shows a serious lack of judgement . . . A closed door review led by Mr Shewan will not restore our international reputation which has been so damaged by the Panama Papers.”

Free Press - 27/06/2016

Some Numbers
The Baby Moko case is so evil and grotesque it will lead to much soul searching about child abuse and neglect in general.  Every year approximately 60,000 babies are born in New Zealand, 12,000 to a parent on a benefit.  There is something very wrong when a substantial proportion of New Zealanders think you needn’t have a job to provide for children.
ACT’s Solution? Children First

Just get on with congestion charging

ACT Leader David Seymour welcomes the government’s about face on congestion charges, with one condition.

“Road tolls shouldn’t be used as a cash grab. Any revenue generated from the tolls should be offset by cuts in petrol tax and, if appropriate, rates,” said Mr Seymour.

“People from Epsom and around Auckland tell me congestion is noticeably worse this year than last.  We can’t keep adding cars year after year, New Zealand should be using the latest technology to fight congestion.

Kiwis working longer, so when will we adjust Super?

“It’s baffling that the Government ignores the need for any adjustment of superannuation when Kiwis are working longer than ever,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

New Zealanders are ranked second in the OECD for their longevity in the workplace, according to PwC's Golden Age Index. The report says one in three New Zealanders will work past the age of 65.

Time to close ‘charitable purpose’ tax loophole

ACT Leader David Seymour used Question Time today to call on the Government to scrap the ‘charitable purpose’ tax loophole exploited by certain businesses at the expense of others.

“Taxpaying businesses are at a competitive disadvantage due to certain companies’ tax-free status," said Mr Seymour.  "This destroys the principle of a competitive marketplace.

Free Press - 14/06/2016

Insidious Bullying
Last night TV One revealed just how far the teachers’ unions will go in bullying partnership schools.  It is shameful.  We are all for raising the status of the teaching profession (a stated goal of the unions) but this kind of bullying behaviour is doing more damage to the profession than anyone else.

ACT welcomes tolerant refugees

ACT supports the increase in the refugee quota, but believes the Government should do more to ensure those arriving in New Zealand share our peaceful values.

“This level of increase is very close to where we would be if we had followed ACT’s policy of increasing the quota in line with our growing population,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.  “It will make a huge difference in the lives of these individuals, who have the potential to contribute greatly to this country.

ACT mourns for Orlando

ACT is deeply saddened by the recent shooting in Orlando.

“Our sympathies lie with the innocent victims and their families,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“It is vital that we stand by our values of freedom and tolerance, and condemn those who promote hatred, whether they are from within or outside New Zealand.

“This crime shows government and civil society must remain alert to the threat posed by those who do not share our liberal values.”