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Hipkins tries to make bad from good

“The contest within Labour over whether or not to support the partnership schools that are already helping numerous Kiwi kids has boiled over today, with a bizarre press release from Labour Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

Mr Hipkins was reacting to NZ Herald speculation that some US philanthropists may, possibly in conjunction with Ngai Tahu, build another partnership school in New Zealand.

“Whether that might happen I have no idea, but most kiwis would think that a wonderful thing,” said Mr Seymour.

Free Press - 31/08/2015

Popular Measure Passes
ACT’s Bill to extend pub and club licensing hours has passed into law in time for the Rugby World Cup.  Parliament voted for the Bill five-votes-to-one so that people will be able to watch the rugby when games (held in the UK) fall outside normal licencing hours.

Auckland Council must stop coveting neighbours’ assets

“It is incredibly arrogant, even by their standards, for Auckland Council to include the Auckland Energy Consumer Trust in its asset review as a ‘potential’ asset,” says Epsom MP David Seymour.

David Seymour to the Minister for Building and Housing

DAVID SEYMOUR (Leader—ACT) to the Minister for Building and Housing : Does he agree with the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank that the key problems with housing supply are “a limited supply of land ready for building; restrictive planning processes, and a lack of coordinated planning in infrastructure development”?

Nanny state retreats

ACT Leader David Seymour will bring his Rugby World Cup Bill back to Parliament this afternoon, and expects it to pass into law today.

“The Bill will allow pubs and clubs to open at extended hours for Rugby World Cup games, meaning New Zealanders can enjoy watching the Cup at community pubs and clubs,” said Mr Seymour.

“While the key provisions of the Bill regarding notification, opening times, and the number of games remain, the Select Committee has worked hard to make several improvements.

Avoid another Solid Energy – sell Landcorp farms now

Landcorp’s dismal performance shows that the government should wind down the company’s asset base, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“The parties who campaigned on ‘keep our assets’ need to explain why the taxpayer should keep any companies that are just as often liabilities,” said Mr Seymour.

“The New Zealand taxpayer deserves better than another Solid Energy-type meltdown.

“The dividends received from this business (0.4% in the past year) signal the poor returns to the taxpayer.

Free Press - 17/08/2015

New Partnership Schools Kura Hourua are Go
Last week the Government announced a new round of Partnership School applications.  Interested parties who would like to run a Partnership School have until October 30 to submit their proposal for running a new school.  They should have an innovative idea for running a school that will help the Government’s priority learners, Maori, Pasifika, special needs, and low income students.

Solid Energy – lessons unlearnt

New Zealand should learn from the Solid Energy fiasco, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Politicians forced taxpayers to  invest in a coal business which has gone bust, losing $500 million in value since 2011. Obviously the company should have been sold when it still had some value.

“Taxpayers deserve an apology. Half a billion dollars of taxpayer wealth has gone down the toilet.

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