20 Years of ACT and MMP
This Wednesday will mark 20 years since the first MMP election. ACT is one of only four parties to win seats at every one of the seven MMP elections and this week Free Press looks back at the impact ACT has had, and forward to the 2017 election.
This weekend in the Sunday Star-Times David Seymour argued we New Zealanders are public policy innovators, just not at the moment. Both Labour and National are unwilling to wage the battle of ideas, preferring to duck for the cover of soundbites when difficult issues arise. ACT has always been the party of ideas, prepared to debate tough issues. Read the rest here.
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.
Taxes Up National’s colonisation of Labour territory is complete. We thought Helen Clark knew how to straddle the centre of politics but John Key has taken the art to a whole new leech-like level. The confirmation came last week after National boasted they had made the tax system more progressive.
Teacher Unions’ Odd Position Teachers will strike this week, forcing parents all over the country to make alternative arrangements. Their concern? That principals and boards of trustees will be given more flexibility in how they use their funding. They believe this will lead to fewer teachers being employed, but why would that be?
On the weekend New Zealand First challenged the Prime Minister to dictate which branches Westpac could and couldn’t close, because Westpac is the Government’s banker. The taxpayer would effectively be subsidising Westpac to keep some branches open for political reasons.
David vs. Jacinda In this week’s Sunday Star Times column, David Seymour argues that student loan interest write-offs have been bad policy and Jacinda as usual attacks the messenger. Read the full column here.