A good day for New Zealand’s Trump movement

ACT Leader David Seymour says he hopes New Zealand’s Trump movement, consisting of Labour, the Greens, and New Zealand First, are happy now that the U.S. is out of the TPP.

Mr Seymour described the parties as New Zealand’s Trump movement as far back as May last year, and stands by the characterization today.

“These guys protest Trump’s attitude to women and minorities, then buy into anti-trade rhetoric that is based on the same resentment of the other,” says Mr Seymour.

Desperate euthanasia opponents either dishonest or innumerate

“It’s now impossible to deny public support for assisted dying,” says ACT Leader and End of Life Choice Bill sponsor David Seymour, “but that won’t stop the lowest opponents from stooping a little further.

PM should take Waitangi Day ceremonies on tour

Te Tii Marae’s continued failure to respectfully host the Government on Waitangi Day should prompt the Prime Minister to visit a different marae each year, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“The behaviour of a small group of perpetually-grumpy activists has turned Waitangi Day into an annual political circus, denying Kiwis a national day we can all enjoy,” says Mr Seymour.

Seymour congratulates new Cabinet

ACT Leader David Seymour has congratulated the new Cabinet following the official swearing-in ceremony.

“Just as ACT maintained a productive relationship with the John Key-led Government, I expect to work well with Bill English’s Cabinet.

“ACT’s role over the coming year, and after the next election, is to be both a stabilising force and an ambitious voice for improving policy in New Zealand. We will force debate and progress on issues of raising the age of superannuation, cutting tax, and increasing housing supply.

Prime Minister must take a position on Super – now

Future retirees deserve to know what the new Prime Minister’s plans are for superannuation, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“As the former Finance Minister, Bill English knows that the numbers don’t stack up for keeping the superannuation age at 65. So why is he being so coy about his plans?” says Mr Seymour.

“He’s taken a step in the right direction by dropping John Key’s pledge to retain the age. But it’s also created serious uncertainty for savers. When it comes to long-term issues that affect people’s saving needs, certainty is vital.

Excuses to avoid tax cuts don’t stack up

The Government’s excuses for delaying tax cuts don’t stack up, says ACT Leader David Seymour in the wake of Treasury’s Half Year Update.

“Bill English admitted today that, even after earthquake costs are taken into account, a $473 million surplus remains. So why is Bill English talking down tax cuts when he knows he can afford them?

“We could, for example, update tax brackets to reflect changing incomes. It’s ridiculous that workers enter the top (33%) tax bracket when they earn just $70,000.

ACT congratulates John Key

“The ACT Party congratulates John Key on eight years as Prime Minister, and the noble way he has bowed out,” says ACT Leader David Seymour

“Under John’s leadership, the Government has steadfastly maintained New Zealand’s policy settings.  As a result, we remain at the top of almost every international league table for good policy settings. In the long term, all Prime Ministers are judged for the policies they leave behind, and John will be judged well.

Greens' calculator overpromises

“The Greens have never been up to it when it comes to finance and economics, and their student loan savings calculator, which misleads students, is more proof," says ACT Leader David Seymour.
 

Greens' economics blindspot takes you faster into debt

“The Greens’ Faster Into Homes policy is a cute piece of political marketing that will hurt the young people it is trying to help,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“The fundamental problem is that once you’ve saved for a deposit you have to start making repayments to your mortgage, but under the Greens’ plan you’ve still got your student loan taking 12 per cent of your income.  Not only does that reduce your ability to pay a mortgage, banks will likely take it into account, demanding higher deposits and or higher interest rates.

MPs should lighten up on Uber as they may soon need new jobs

The clash between archaic attitudes and modern technology couldn’t have been made starker than by the attitudes shown by Select Committee MPs when Uber testified at parliament today, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

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