MPs refuse to debate tougher burglary laws

ACT Leader David Seymour is disappointed that other members of parliament objected to his party’s Three Strikes for Burglary Bill.

“Parliament will now debate the Home and Community Support (Payment for Travel Between Clients) Settlement Bill instead of the much more urgent need to ensure anybody who commits three burglaries goes to jail for three years.

“Members objected to the Bill being debated despite reports this morning that fewer than 10 per cent of burglaries are resolved – and that’s just the reported ones.

ACT seeks to introduce Three Strikes for Burglary Bill

ACT Leader David Seymour will seek leave to introduce a Three Strikes for Burglary Bill to Parliament today, in the face of declining burglary resolution rates.

“By saying burglars have a 90% chance of getting away with it, Phil Goff is actually understating things,” says Mr Seymour. “Firstly, because uninsured victims typically do not report this crime, the reported rate of burglaries represents only about 45% of actual occurrences, according to a 2006 Treasury estimate.

Good management, but where’s the reform?

Mr Speaker,

Once upon a long, long time ago, the Labour Party were ready for Government.   Their leader, the late Norman Kirk, said that New Zealanders didn’t want much, just somewhere to work, somewhere to live, someone to love, and something to hope for.

The interesting thing about Kirk is that he won power after 12 years of Keith Holyoake, New Zealand’s longest serving and least ambitious modern Prime Minister. 

Free Press - 8/02/2016

Parliament Resumes
After giving the country a two month break, parliament will resume tomorrow.  Your property is no longer safe.  The parliamentary year begins with debate on the Prime Minister’s Statement, set down for 13 hours.

TPP protesters embarrass New Zealand and themselves

ACT Leader David Seymour says those involved in the ugly scenes outside Sky City should have stayed home and read about the benefits of trade or, better still, gone to work.

“Today is a chance to showcase New Zealand on the world stage. Instead, international media is broadcasting ugly, self-righteous hooliganism,” said Mr Seymour.

Labour chooses votes over education quality

Since Labour introduced interest free student loans, New Zealand’s Universities have tumbled down the world rankings, and ACT Leader David Seymour says that the two are connected.

“Labour’s approach to education is funding for votes, and quality be damned,” says Mr Seymour.

Since 2006 the University of Auckland has fallen from 46th to 82nd, and Otago to 173rd from 79th.

Council gets the money and the bag

The Government has let Auckland Council off the hook, gaining no concessions on land supply or rate rises, according to ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Writing a big cheque was the time to bring Auckland Council to the table,” says Mr Seymour, “but instead the Council got away with the money and the bag.”

Key must follow up rail with education funding

While many will welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement of early funding for the City Rail Link, education infrastructure in the area should not be overlooked, says Epsom MP David Seymour.

“The reality is that we have a train looking for passengers, rather than the other way around.  That’s why the Rail Link requires heavy intensification around Mt Eden Station, among others, to be viable.

Free Thoughts – Fresh Water and RMA reform: a plan or a blunder?

“Treaty settlements should be for cash and resources. They must not involve deals over governance arrangements that undermine our democratic institutions.”

Summary & Overview

Who owns the freshwater flowing down our rivers?  Does that question even make any sense?

A better question is, who has the rights to use that water, and on what terms?