Politicians show depressing lack of courage

"All politicians should take the Productivity Commission's call to reintroduce interest on student loans seriously instead of running for the hills at the first hint of a policy debate, it's called leadership," says ACT Leader David Seymour.

"The interest-free loan scheme takes students for fools who can't work out it is they who will pay for interest write offs through higher taxes for the rest of their careers.  Worse, students who make good decisions and study hard are forced to subsidise those who made bad decisions and mess around."

Mt Roskill arrangement shows hypocrisy of opposition

The Opposition’s hypocrisy over ‘dirty deals’ is brazen, says ACT Leader David Seymour as the Green Party confirms that they won’t stand a candidate in Mt Roskill as part of an arrangement with Labour.

“Michael Wood’s campaign in Mt Roskill is set to be a brazen display of hypocrisy,” says Mr Seymour. “Two years ago he was bemoaning John Key’s endorsement of a vote for me in Epsom as a ‘dodgy deal’. Now look at him.

The New Zealand Medical Association should release its members’ views on assisted dying

Colorado doctors are officially neutral on assisted dying – New Zealand doctors and the New Zealand public deserve the same honest representation from the New Zealand Medical Association, says End of Life Choice Bill sponsor David Seymour.

“The New Zealand Medical Association has submitted that it opposes physician-assisted dying, but only told us that there are ‘a range’ of views among its members,” says Mr Seymour.

Ignore Winston’s paranoia over Silver Fern Farms sale

Winston Peters’ call for intervention over the partial sale of a private company proves he is unfit to be in Government, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“It’s disturbing that Winston Peters, who could potentially hold the balance of power after the election, would override the recommendation of the Overseas Investment Office and block the partial sale of a private company,” says Mr Seymour.

“Why does Winston think he knows better than the thousands of Kiwi shareholders who voted for this sale?

Road pricing must not be used as a revenue grab

Any new revenue raised by road pricing should be offset with reductions in petrol tax, says ACT Leader David Seymour, in response to the Auckland Transport Alignment Project released today.

Scrap passenger licence rules today, not a year from now

Proposed changes to passenger licencing rules, such as scrapping the requirement for a $600 passenger endorsement course, could be signed into law today, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“A number of passenger licence rules are set to be scrapped whenever the Land Transport Amendment Bill passes. These revisions could be approved today by the Minister, so why tie them to a broader bill that might take a year to pass?

ACT pulls support for Kermadecs bill

ACT has pulled its support for the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary Bill due to the Government’s failure to acknowledge the existing property rights of fishing operators.

“This Bill amounts to an uncompensated regulatory taking, likely to cause real harm to the livelihoods of those in the fishing industry,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Existing operators, both Maori and non-Maori, should be compensated for their losses at the very least, if not consulted before the fact.

ACT welcomes beefed up family violence laws, but…

ACT has welcomed the boost to family violence laws announced today, but questions why non-fatal strangulation isn’t a strike offence.

“ACT believes the justice system should always put the victim first. In that spirit, we’re relieved to see new protections for victims of family violence,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Reducing the cost and complexity of obtaining restraining orders is a no-brainer, and legislating against coercive marriage is an overdue protection of basic personal freedom.

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.

Why is National boasting about taxing New Zealanders?

The Government’s boast about income redistribution takes campaigning from the right and governing from the left to a whole new level, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“The National Party has quit hiding its socialist streak – it’s boasting about it,” says Mr Seymour.

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