Hipkins tries to make bad from good

“The contest within Labour over whether or not to support the partnership schools that are already helping numerous Kiwi kids has boiled over today, with a bizarre press release from Labour Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

Mr Hipkins was reacting to NZ Herald speculation that some US philanthropists may, possibly in conjunction with Ngai Tahu, build another partnership school in New Zealand.

“Whether that might happen I have no idea, but most kiwis would think that a wonderful thing,” said Mr Seymour.

Auckland Council must stop coveting neighbours’ assets

“It is incredibly arrogant, even by their standards, for Auckland Council to include the Auckland Energy Consumer Trust in its asset review as a ‘potential’ asset,” says Epsom MP David Seymour.

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.

Avoid another Solid Energy – sell Landcorp farms now

Landcorp’s dismal performance shows that the government should wind down the company’s asset base, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“The parties who campaigned on ‘keep our assets’ need to explain why the taxpayer should keep any companies that are just as often liabilities,” said Mr Seymour.

“The New Zealand taxpayer deserves better than another Solid Energy-type meltdown.

“The dividends received from this business (0.4% in the past year) signal the poor returns to the taxpayer.

Solid Energy – lessons unlearnt

New Zealand should learn from the Solid Energy fiasco, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Politicians forced taxpayers to  invest in a coal business which has gone bust, losing $500 million in value since 2011. Obviously the company should have been sold when it still had some value.

“Taxpayers deserve an apology. Half a billion dollars of taxpayer wealth has gone down the toilet.

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.

PPTA doesn’t understand who employs teachers

The case of the trainee teacher caught in the political campaigning of the PPTA is a national disgrace, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“The PPTA doesn’t seem to understand that whether a teacher is employed in the state sector, an integrated school, or a partnership school, they are employed by taxpayers. And as taxpayers we elect governments to take decisions on our behalf,” said Mr Seymour.

Teachers with a conscience should leave the PPTA

“The PPTA’s blacklisting of a student teacher because he taught briefly at a Whangarei Partnership School is a shameful abuse of union power and teachers with a conscience should leave the union,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“It is a sad day when old-fashioned union muscle is used to damage the prospects of a student teacher because the union disagrees with the policies of an elected government.