Welcome to this year’s last set of Highlights from the House.
The big issue this sitting period has been the change of Prime Minister. David Seymour spoke on the Prime Minister's resignation, firstly paying tribute, but also highlighting long term problems of housing supply and superannuation costs that have not been addressed over the last eight years.
This week, in the spirit of Christmas, the Free Press is giving free advice to new Ministers. How would their jobs be different if ACT had more influence on the direction of the Government? We sketch out some draft agendas below. We’ll be taking a short break before returning in the new year.
Congratulations to John Key
For eight years, John Key has successfully guided us through a financial crisis, the Rena disaster, and major seismic upheaval. All the while businesses have enjoyed the confidence to grow under a stable, orthodox economic programme. In resigning, John Key has pulled off the rare trick of recognising his own political mortality before having to experience it first-hand. More importantly however is the chance this gives him to reclaim a normal life with his family. He’s certainly earned it.
Tax Cuts Endure Earthquake
News of the Kaikoura Earthquake has only temporarily derailed what will be one of the biggest issues in election year. Early estimates of $3 billion in recovery costs won’t come close to absorbing $20 billion of surpluses coming down the line over the next four years. The yesterdays of Labour, the Greens, and New Zealand First inventing things to spend enormous surpluses on are back. They will campaign on spending enormous amounts of money – yours.
For the past week Parliament has been focused on the victims of the recent earthquakes that have shook the country. It’s also been a good chance to acknowledge how Kiwis lend a hand in times of difficulty. ACT leader David Seymour shared some remarks in the House on Tuesday.
We Picked It Free Press was the only commentator to pick that Trump would win. How did we do it? The old fashioned way, we did not take our views from self-appointed commentators, we spoke to American voters. What makes anyone think the commentators who told us Trump could not win are any more accurate in their views on New Zealand politics? If you want accurate predictions it pays to read Free Press.
Nice Knowing You Free Press predicts Trump will be U.S. President. We have been on the spot in the final days of elections and we know how it feels to bomb out. Clinton is bombing out while Trump’s momentum is, as he would probably say, momentous. We also predict that the fallout of Trump’s election will be like Brexit, terrifying the day before and unnoticed the day after.