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Good politics, poor policy

“Funnelling immigrants into the regions through adjustments of our points system may be good politics, but it’s poor policy,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“The policy is clearly intended to release pressure on Auckland housing, but it only adds to a long list of piecemeal policy tinkering that avoids the comprehensive RMA reforms needed to free up Auckland’s inflexible housing supply.

National colonises Labour’s policy manifesto

“National is colonising the Labour manifesto with its signalled interest in a land tax on foreign house buyers,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Now that Labour and National seem to be in agreement, there is no debate over the real effect of a land tax or stamp duty.

“How much of the land tax’s cost will be paid by the intended targets – foreign buyers – and how much cost will be passed on to good local vendors?

“And does National really think taxing investment in housing will encourage new development?

Council must keep its hands off our AECT dividends

Auckland Council should keep its hands off Aucklanders’ AECT dividends, says ACT Leader and Epsom MP David Seymour.

The Council is due to receive advice in November on fundraising options, and at least one Councillor seems to have come out in favour of absorbing the AECT shares into Council finances.

“Don’t Councillors understand property rights? Individuals know how to get better value out of their money than government does,” said Mr Seymour.

Drone laws a step towards future of transport

ACT Leader David Seymour is praising the government’s liberal attitude towards drone laws.

“Usually government regulations are a drag on innovation, so it’s great to see this government getting out in front.”

Mr Seymour says it is positive to see a government that understands the role of technology in transport.

“While our political opponents have a pathological obsession with trains, and making us live closer together, I’m proud to support a government that is future focused when it comes to transport.”

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Ditch provisional tax

"Labour are correct to pick up on the ideas in the IRD green paper the government released in March, and call for archaic provisional tax regulations on small businesses to be ditched," says ACT Leader David Seymour.

"Small business people have long complained that paying tax based on the previous year's earnings, rather than this year's can create a cashflow nightmare.

"Provisional tax is out of date and unnecessary in the age of digital financial transfers.  The IRD needs to recognise its impact on the cashflows of small businesses.

Worksafe red tape making housing less affordable

“Workplace safety standards need to be justified in cost-benefit terms,” says ACT Leader David Seymour in the wake of a new report [1] on building safety red tape.

“The existing regulations form yet another regulatory barrier to housing affordability,” said Mr Seymour.

“Builders are being forced to take ‘all practicable steps’ to ensure workplace safety. The threshold is drawn so low that builders even have to erect scaffolding on single-story sites.

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