Special economic zones may be needed across NZ

A New Zealand Initiative report on special economic zones (SEZ) has been welcomed by ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Letting local authorities opt in or out of certain policy settings could provide a low-risk alternative to the one-size-fits-all regulatory approach.

“Different parts of the country have different regulatory needs and desires. A classic example is RMA reform. With broad reforms stuck in a political stalemate, why not test the appetite for narrower, regionally adjusted policy?

Nanny state retreats

ACT Leader David Seymour will bring his Rugby World Cup Bill back to Parliament this afternoon, and expects it to pass into law today.

“The Bill will allow pubs and clubs to open at extended hours for Rugby World Cup games, meaning New Zealanders can enjoy watching the Cup at community pubs and clubs,” said Mr Seymour.

“While the key provisions of the Bill regarding notification, opening times, and the number of games remain, the Select Committee has worked hard to make several improvements.

ACT successfully introduces RWC Bill

ACT Leader David Seymour has welcomed the Green Party’s swift turnaround on his Rugby World Cup opening hours Bill.

“Common sense has prevailed and I’m looking forward to working across party lines through the select committee process, which is the correct vehicle for debating the detail of legislation.

“I’m confident we can produce a Bill which will allow pubs to open during World Cup games, so people can come together and celebrate this international event by gathering with friends and strangers.”

Greens urged to let Parliament decide on RWC Bill

The Greens have been given a second chance to allow Parliament to consider a Bill relaxing venue opening restrictions during Rugby World Cup games. ACT Leader David Seymour will reintroduce his Bill to the House today.

“It is clear that my Bill has overwhelming Parliamentary support, and the only obstacle was the Green veto,” said Mr Seymour.

“The Greens have suggested several modifications to the Bill, but some of these are either unfair or unworkable.

Green Party poopers

ACT Leader David Seymour’s Bill allowing bars to open for extended hours during 2015 Rugby World Cup games has been undermined by the Green Party, before the chance for any debate.

“An internationally televised world cup featuring our own reigning champions should be an opportunity to bring communities together over coffee or beer and showcase our wonderful hospitality facilities,” said Mr Seymour.

Free Thoughts - Celebrating the communal

ACT is known for its celebration of free markets and the freedom of individuals, both economically and socially.

If you look at our key principles on our website, the first line reads:  A free society: free trade, free speech, and personal and religious freedom.

Those freedoms provide choice, and we are well aware that what individuals choose will often be collective action and communal activity. We celebrate that. We are social animals.

World Cup audiences shouldn’t be stuck at home

ACT Leader David Seymour intends to introduce a Bill to let people watch the 2015 Rugby World Cup in bars and function rooms.

“For such an important one-off event as a Rugby World Cup on the other side of the world, outside our time zone, I think sports enthusiasts should be able to celebrate the occasion in the same way they would if these matches were within normal New Zealand hours,” said Mr Seymour.

Drone laws a step towards future of transport

ACT Leader David Seymour is praising the government’s liberal attitude towards drone laws.

“Usually government regulations are a drag on innovation, so it’s great to see this government getting out in front.”

Mr Seymour says it is positive to see a government that understands the role of technology in transport.

“While our political opponents have a pathological obsession with trains, and making us live closer together, I’m proud to support a government that is future focused when it comes to transport.”

Government must clarify role of volunteers under health and safety reforms

The government should use National Volunteer Week to clarify how the Health and Safety Reform Bill will affect them, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“While thanking volunteers for their work, the government is trying to push through a law which would place new regulatory burdens on voluntary organisations,” said Mr Seymour, referring to the Health and Safety Reform Bill currently before select committee.