Act Party

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.

Free Press - Rugby games and sea change

We’re Back
Free Press returns after a short recess.  ACT is the Party of Ideas, and we have been busy writing David Seymour’s second book for a summer tour. 

A Common Sense Solution
When the house resumes next Tuesday, David Seymour will table a bill for pubs to open early and show the rugby.  It follows a British law put in place during the Soccer world cup.

Free Press - Plastic, scaffolds, and China

Plastic Bags
Should the government ban plastic bags? If reducing the number of plastic bags used is good for the environment, what might we be willing to sacrifice to avoid having them around? What would it cost us?

Free Press - Quality solutions to inequality

The Power of Equality
The narrative of the left is that inequality is rising because of the big bad policies of the free market.  But what if it isn’t?  A recent Treasury paper exploring a range of inequality measures shows that since the early 1990s inequality has been stable or declining.

Free Press - Free speech and Green tweets

The Harmful Digital Communications Bill
David Seymour fears this will be another case study in bad law-making and outlines why he opposes this Bill here. You have some dramatic event, to which people rightfully feel something should be done. Politicians feel compelled to do something. Creating a new law is doing something. It’s easy to assume it’s the right thing to do.

Free Press - A new low for the PPTA

A New Low for PPTA
Up and coming reporter Jessica Roden of the Northern Advocate has revealed PPTA members black-balling a Whangarei Partnership School teacher from completing his placements at nearby schools.  He has been teaching on the proviso that these placements will complete his qualification.

Free Press - How much school choice do we have?

The OECD report on New Zealand last week noted inequality concerns – particularly equality of opportunity. The report said our education system is struggling to improve outcomes in poorer communities. True. ACT is working on this via Partnership Schools, but there is a long way to go. When you look around the world of education innovation, you see just how timid we are in NZ. Still, the opposition parties are apoplectic about our timid progress – they prefer stasis. But peek over the fence at Nevada!

Free Press - Rent controls and verbal tics

Back Benchers
A fun time was had by all last week, as Parmjeet Parmar, Jacinda Ardern, James Shaw and David Seymour sparred over a few issues. Consistency was gleefully tossed out the window as Jacinda segued from complaining that the sort of high calorie food you can buy at supermarkets is too cheap, to a moment later complaining about a supermarket duopoly making food too expensive. We think her point was that that cheap food should be taxed so that low income people are….er….healthier but poorer?