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.
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.
ACT Leader David Seymour has welcomed Government’s decision not to introduce criminal sanctions in the Commerce (Cartels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill. Mr Seymour wrote to the Minister’s office about this last year.
“Imposing criminal sanctions could inflict large economic costs on New Zealand through a chilling effect on legitimate collaborative business, reducing entrepreneurship and innovation.
DAVID SEYMOUR (Leader—ACT): I rise on behalf of the ACT Party in support of this bill. I think it is a very positive initiative for New Zealand to be involved in promoting investment in core public good infrastructure within countries that will make up an increasing proportion of our trading partnerships, as they have over the last period of time.