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Politicians show depressing lack of courage

"All politicians should take the Productivity Commission's call to reintroduce interest on student loans seriously instead of running for the hills at the first hint of a policy debate, it's called leadership," says ACT Leader David Seymour.

"The interest-free loan scheme takes students for fools who can't work out it is they who will pay for interest write offs through higher taxes for the rest of their careers.  Worse, students who make good decisions and study hard are forced to subsidise those who made bad decisions and mess around."

Mt Roskill arrangement shows hypocrisy of opposition

The Opposition’s hypocrisy over ‘dirty deals’ is brazen, says ACT Leader David Seymour as the Green Party confirms that they won’t stand a candidate in Mt Roskill as part of an arrangement with Labour.

“Michael Wood’s campaign in Mt Roskill is set to be a brazen display of hypocrisy,” says Mr Seymour. “Two years ago he was bemoaning John Key’s endorsement of a vote for me in Epsom as a ‘dodgy deal’. Now look at him.

Free Press 26/09/2016

Tete-a-tete
This weekend Jacinda Ardern argued for the government, or an agency of Government, to set wages for whole industries.  This is the proposal associated with the Kristine Bartlett vs. TerraNova case, where the Employment Court found that ‘pay equity’ can mean wages in one industry being set by comparison to another industry.

Highlights from the House - 23/09/2016

In the House this sitting period, David Seymour questioned the Minister of Education on the disruption to learning caused by teacher strikes, and delivered speeches on two pieces of education legislation:
Education Legislation Bill - Committee stage

The New Zealand Medical Association should release its members’ views on assisted dying

Colorado doctors are officially neutral on assisted dying – New Zealand doctors and the New Zealand public deserve the same honest representation from the New Zealand Medical Association, says End of Life Choice Bill sponsor David Seymour.

“The New Zealand Medical Association has submitted that it opposes physician-assisted dying, but only told us that there are ‘a range’ of views among its members,” says Mr Seymour.

On Islam and immigration

With overseas terror attacks and mass migration of un-vetted refugees into Europe, many people are concerned about the connection between Islam and terrorism, along with the social unrest that can accompany large-scale migration.  While New Zealand has been relatively insulated it would be incredibly naive to think we are immune to the challenges faced by Europe and the US.

Ignore Winston’s paranoia over Silver Fern Farms sale

Winston Peters’ call for intervention over the partial sale of a private company proves he is unfit to be in Government, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“It’s disturbing that Winston Peters, who could potentially hold the balance of power after the election, would override the recommendation of the Overseas Investment Office and block the partial sale of a private company,” says Mr Seymour.

“Why does Winston think he knows better than the thousands of Kiwi shareholders who voted for this sale?

Road pricing must not be used as a revenue grab

Any new revenue raised by road pricing should be offset with reductions in petrol tax, says ACT Leader David Seymour, in response to the Auckland Transport Alignment Project released today.

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