‘Trains and sports good, computers bad’, says Winston

Winston Peters’ objection to handouts for Wynyard Group is rich coming from the king of corporate welfare himself, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“On the same day we hear money may be given to Duco Events for the Joseph Parker fight, Winston instead turns his sights on the payments given to Wynyard Group, a software firm.

“It’s no surprise. Gravy for sports companies is the kind of feel-good corporate welfare Winston supports. He just draws the line at new-fangled computer companies he doesn't understand.

Government announces $209m in corporate welfare

ACT Leader David Seymour is appalled at the $209 million in corporate welfare doled out via the Endeavour Fund, announced today.

“This is Steven Joyce doling out eight flag referendums’ worth of corporate welfare to research programmes that should be funded by industry groups and private investors,” says Mr Seymour.

Government must consider open-source software

ACT Leader David Seymour today called on the Government to take a new approach in its software procurement policies, allowing substantial savings to the taxpayer.

“A substantial number of civil servants could generate the same output using open source software and open document formats, instead of proprietary software like Microsoft Office.

“Departments should see what functions government employees need in their software, then source software that fulfils those functions.

Budget 2016 splashes out on fat corporate welfare cheques

Funding for $761 million in corporate welfare via 'Innovative New Zealand' is an insult to taxpayers, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

"Bill English needs to ‘just say no’ to Steven Joyce’s corporate welfare addiction," says Mr Seymour.

"There is no public appetite for hand-outs to businesses. There is no pressure from the opposition or the media. So who’s been pouring poison into Steven Joyce’s ear?

'Hi-tech' funding is more corporate welfare

Increased funding for the commercialisation of ‘new Kiwi hi-tech’ is just more corporate welfare, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Under this Government, corporate welfare continues to rise. So far, Joyce’s programme of corporate welfare has included payments for sheep given to a Saudi businessman, rockets launched off the Coromandel, and a boat-building company owned by the world’s seventh-richest man.

National Party needs to get some guts on Kiwibank

“This odd in-house partial privatisation is just reshuffling deck chairs,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “The New Zealand taxpayer will still bear all the risks of investing in a bank.

“It would have been braver and better to sell part or all of Kiwibank to private owners, following the successful mixed-ownership model applied to Mighty River Power, Meridian, and Genesis.