Auckland Transport needs to get back in its box

ACT Leader David Seymour is encouraging mayoral candidate Vic Crone’s stand on political billboards. Crone has been forbidden by Auckland Transport to use billboard sites for her campaign by Auckland Transport, even though the sites have already been approved for commercial uses.

“She is absolutely right.  Why should candidates not be allowed to use billboard space that would have had some form of billboard anyway?

Free Press - 26/04/2016

Lest we Forget
This week Free Press honours those who lost their lives so that we might live in a free society.  Those who made the ultimate sacrifice, those who served in conflict, and those who continue to serve in the New Zealand Defence Force.

National breaking tax promises

The introduction of a land tax would be a broken promise, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“National promised ‘no new taxes’ during the last election campaign. Then they introduced a travel levy and a capital gains tax. For the third time now, this promise could be broken, as the Prime Minister ponders a land tax. It’s another example of National campaigning from the Right and governing from the Left.

Funding policy to blame for Corelli school liquidation

ACT Leader David Seymour has criticised the unfair playing field for private schools in response to the liquidation of Corelli International Academic School of the Arts.

“It’s deeply disappointing to see such a respected private school threatened with closure due to financial obstacles,” says Mr Seymour.

“These schools compete with state schools, but at huge disadvantage. Private school funding was capped 15 years ago, the same year Corelli was founded, while state school funding has increased year-on-year.

Free Press - 18/4/2016

Trudeau I
As a conviction politician, Pierre Trudeau changed Canada.  Mostly for the worse, but he did have some good convictions such as declaring that the ‘state has no place in the bedroom.’

Pay-as-you-go provisional tax a win for businesses

The move from provisional tax to a pay-as-you-go system is a significant forward step for New Zealand’s tax policy, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“This will be a long-awaited relief for many self-employed and business-owning Kiwis.

“The efficiencies of digital payments and accounting mean that a pay-as-you-go system has been overdue for some time. Our laws need stay in line with technological advances.

“Lower and simpler taxes should be important to any centre-right government so it’s good to see National address one part of that equation.

Fishing rights of all groups must be respected

ACT Leader David Seymour is calling on National to respect property rights under the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary Bill.

“The Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary Bill is an ineffective conservation law. As National concedes, it will not reduce the number of fish taken, but will increase the concentration fishing in other areas.

“The Bill has been drawn up behind closed doors in Wellington with little regard for the rightful owners of fishing quotas. National misses the point that the location of fishing matters – fish need to be caught near facilities and customers.

National’s $2 billion tax theft shame

National will have taken an extra $2.1 billion from the taxpayer’s back pocket by the next election as inflation pushes Kiwis into higher tax brackets, according to new figures released by ACT Leader David Seymour.

“In 2004, John Key lampooned the Labour government for their refusal to end bracket creep. But now National is perfectly happy to bleed the taxpayer for extra revenue through stealth tax hikes. It’s an all-too-common example of National campaigning from the right and governing from the left.

Free Press - 11/04/2016

Defending the Right to Choose
This week, Free Press reviews Labour and the teacher unions’ reflexive and self-interested opposition to Partnership Schools Kura Hourua.
Strong Demand