Leader’s speech to ACT Conference 2016

A sanctuary for the environment

Welcome friends, fellow ACT members, and supporters.

We meet today on the boundary of the Epsom Electorate.

I enjoy representing my community immensely.  People on the street tell me I am doing a good job.

President's speech to ACT Conference 2016

Speech to ACT Conference 2016
ACT Party President John Thompson

It is my pleasure to be able to open this year’s Annual Conference.

At last year’s conference I was given the role of closing the conference but today I want to set the scene for a positive day, a reflection on the past 12 months and a look at what we need to do as we all take ownership of the ACT Party moving forward.

National colonises Labour’s policy manifesto

“National is colonising the Labour manifesto with its signalled interest in a land tax on foreign house buyers,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Now that Labour and National seem to be in agreement, there is no debate over the real effect of a land tax or stamp duty.

“How much of the land tax’s cost will be paid by the intended targets – foreign buyers – and how much cost will be passed on to good local vendors?

“And does National really think taxing investment in housing will encourage new development?

David Seymour on Labour's race-baiting

ACT Leader David Seymour spoke with Lisa Owen regarding Phil Twyford's attempt to turn housing affordability into a racial debate. Video is available here.


David Seymour on CTV - 'Lynched'

ACT Leader David Seymour speaks with Chris Lynch of CTV regarding the Christchurch Rebuild, Dairy Prices, Harmful Digital Communications, and ACT's future in Canterbury.

Voluntary euthanasia panel with David Seymour


This week ACT Party leader David Seymour confirmed he is drafting a bill to legalise voluntary euthanasia. David Seymour, Dr Jack Havill of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society, and palliative care specialist and opponent of euthanasia Sinead Donelly join Wallace for a discussion on this most difficult of ethical dilemmas.

Celebrating the legacy of Magna Carta

Delivered in the house on June 16, 2015. Video can be viewed here.

DAVID SEYMOUR (Leader—ACT): I seek leave to move a motion without notice to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.

MR SPEAKER: Can I just clarify with the member that this is a debatable motion that the member is proposing?


Free Press 11/05/2015

The Gen-Y Manifesto
Andrew Dean, a Rhodes Scholar, has gotten some press for his book, Ruth, Roger and Me.  It is a plaintive cri de coeur about how bad people under 40 have things these days. Free Press doesn’t usually endorse books from the left, but Ruth, Roger and Me is short and worth a read.