Act’s single vote in Parliament may prove crucial to National in passing any legislation needed to enact a deal between the Government and SkyCity, which would see the building of a national convention centre in exchange for the company getting more poker machines in its Auckland casino.
Yes, I Know, the entire country loathes the moron – apart from the sheep rooting racist, sexist, hateful members of our country. But making statements with no support from facts or reasons why you think interest should be added to student loans just shows what an attention seeking mentally challenged joke he is. Nor seemingly possible of change. Idiot sad fuck. And he will get all the contentious National policy through, like the Sky Convention Deal.
In a hard-hitting speech to Act’s annual conference on Saturday – his first as both party member and leader – Mr Banks reconfirmed Act’s policy to incrementally raise the age of entitlement for state-funded superannuation from 65 to 67.
He told the 80 or so party members present that Act’s role was to provide some “reinforcing steel” to persuade National to make the unpopular decisions needed to restore the vital connection between “effort and reward” which had been undermined by Labour administrations.
The requirement for full-time students to pay interest while studying was dropped in 2001, and in 2006 all borrowers remaining in New Zealand were made exempt. The 91,000 borrowers who have since moved overseas – owing a total of about $2.5 billion – accumulate interest on their loans. Their debt accounts for about 20 per cent of the total loan balance of about $12 billion.
“We stand against middle-class welfare … We stand against everybody else being taxed for tertiary graduates to have a free ride.”
Mr Banks also had harsh words for “tin god council bureaucrats” whose “out-of-control” spending and town planning restrictions had put home ownership out of reach of a whole generation of New Zealanders.
He said Act had an “awesome responsibility” in ensuring it returned MPs in numbers at the 2014 election to ensure the centre-right stayed in power.
THIS IS MADNESS. AND JOHN KEY SAYING ‘THIS IS WHAT MMP GETS YOU’ IS DISINGENUOUS AND LIES.
Prime Minister John Key is defending the introduction of charter schools under a deal with ACT despite National never campaigning on it, saying “that’s MMP for you, isn’t it?”.
ACT’s Epsom MP John Banks and United Future leader Peter Dunne yesterday signed support deals with National, giving it the numbers to govern.
In return both men gained ministerial warrants and concessions for their parties.
Under the deal with ACT, community, religious or ethnic groups, or private companies, will be allowed to operate state-funded charter schools.
School boards will be able to set class hours and introduce performance-related teacher’s pay.
A trial will be held in South Auckland which, along with Christchurch East, will be the first areas to have the state-funded private schools within the next three years.
Key this morning acknowledged the move had not been National policy.
“That’s MMP for you, isn’t it? That you agree to different proposals,” he told Radio New Zealand.
“I don’t think the New Zealand voters are going to be up and arms because in a couple of communities in New Zealand we give some new model a go.
“If those students don’t want to go there, they’ll be free to go to the existing schools they are at.”
Key said “more often than not” parents had objectives that some in the education sector were opposed to.
“That doesn’t mean just because they are opposed, they are in line with what the New Zealand parents and student want.”
The Prime Minister rejected suggestions National had blindsided voters with changes to the education system.
“Are you really telling me that because we might trial in parts of the country, one or two schools, to see whether they can deliver better results, that somehow it’s undermining the education system in New Zealand?
“Sorry but it sounds a bit far-fetched to me.”
HAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAH. HE STORMED OUT LIKE A 2 YEAR OLD. IS EASY TO STOP THIS JOHN. IF YOU HAVE NOTHINBG TO HIDE JUST RELEASE THE TAPE. PROBLEM SOLVED. BUT WE ALL KNOW DAMN WELL YOU ARE A LYING, YOU ARE LYING NOW AND SO THE TAPE WILL NOT GET OUT IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT.
WHEN I MET HIM ON ‘GOOD MORNING’ IT AMAZED ME HOW THERE WAS NOTHING ‘THERE’. HE SEEMED LIKE A KIWI BLOKE. NOT THE LEADER OF THE COUNTRY AND CERTAINLY HAD NO INTEREST IN TALKING POLITICS OFF SCREEN, EXCEPT TO BE NASTY ABOUT CLARK. AND WOW, THE WIFE HAD LITTLE CONFIDENCE.
FROM 3 NEWS….
Prime Minister John Key stormed out of a media conference this morning, refusing to answer questions about the teapot tape.
3 News political editor Duncan Garner was at the Federated Farmers event at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, and reporters on social networking site Twitter have also commented on it.
Mr Garner asked the Prime Minister “four or five” questions regarding the teapot tape, which Mr Key refused to answer.
OH I MAYBE LYING ABOUT THE CRYING. BUT THEN HE LIED ABOUT G.S.T. INCREASES AND BLAMED THE STANDARDS ON POOR DOWN GRADE, SO I AM JUST BEHAVING LIKE KEY. LYING TO MAKE A STORY BETTER.