30 November 2018

Fri, 30 Nov, 2018

I’LL HAVE WHAT HE’S HAVING

Shane Jones must have the best job in parliament, touring the country giving handouts. Everyone wants to entertain him for a splash of the cash stash.

He’s on a bender with your money, effectively returning us to the days of agricultural subsidies, and acting as the bank of mum and dad taxpayer.

“By not purchasing their products and services, New Zealanders have said they don’t wish to support these firms. But the Government has taken taxpayer money and doled out corporate welfare anyway.”

CAPITAL GAINS TAX

The idea of a capital gains tax to change investor behaviour and take the heat out of the housing market will worry readers for a number of reasons. But I ask you – if adding a tax is meant to influence behaviour, wouldn’t taking one away do the same? How about instead of introducing a capital gains tax, removing the tax on other types of investments such as dividends from shareholdings or managed funds?  That might make other forms of investment as attractive as housing, and provide more capital for the types of businesses and start-ups that are outside banks' normal lending criteria.  You can then make your own investment decisions instead of Shane Jones making them for you.

HEALTH SERVICES NOT IN GOOD SHAPE

Dr Lance O’Sullivan says there's enough money in the health budget to fund the system adequately, but there's too much bureaucracy.

Sounds very much like our Health Policy, main difference being that we actually have parliamentary representation and can do something about it if we form part of a new government in 2020 with an increased number of ACT MPs.

IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME

National List MPs David Carter and Chris Finlayson have both indicated they will step down from Parliament next year.  They will be replaced with #49 and #50 on National’s current list – who? Exactly. But I have it on good authority that they are both ultra conservatives.  That’s what a party vote for National achieves. For those of you who thought it was too unsafe to tick ACT in 2017, what are your thoughts now?

MORE UNIVERSITY THOUGHT PRODUCT

We’ve heard about Jazz Hands, lecturers being told to avoid the use of CAPS to save students from anxiety, this is next. Who has time to think about this stuff? Are those people doing anything productive at all? These ideas are the product of universities that you are now funding even more than ever.

ENOUGH WITH THE SIN TAXES

Prohibition never worked. What have we learned?

“Tobacco is now a drug of choice for international smuggling cartels. In the past 12 months, Customs has prosecuted seven different cases against cigarette smugglers.”

GREAT MINDS GET TOGETHER

Don’t forget our end of year wrap-up and fundraiser with Damien Grant at the Horse and Trap in Mt Eden next Sunday 9 December, 5 pm. Click on this link to register. Entry price includes first drink and barbecue dinner. 

MAKE A DIFFERENCE

How’s David doing? If you think David is doing a good job for ACT in Parliament, being the only real opposition party such as in this 1-119 vote on the poorly targeted Child Poverty Reduction Bill, then the best way to show your appreciation is to throw us a donation so we can spread the word further. Help us make a difference – donate!

Have a great weekend!  I’ll be singing with my choir in a Christmas concert on Sunday, in Warkworth.

 

Beth Houlbrooke

Deputy Leader / Vice President