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Fair Pay Agreements will shock in 2022 - David Seymour

"The Labour Government’s so-called ‘Fair Pay Agreements’ will be the most radical change to employment laws this country has seen in decades and will cause huge division," says ACT Leader David Seymour.

Antiquated trading laws should go in 2022 - Chris Baillie

"After two years of uncertainty and closures because of lockdowns - the Government should give businesses a break and make this the year we scrap our Easter Trading Laws," says ACT Small Business spokesperson Chris Baillie.

Migrant workers face discriminatory policies in New Zealand

Thousands of migrant workers in New Zealand continue to face major barriers to staying in the country, despite the Labour Party-led government announcing a decision to grant a "one-off pathway to residency" for 165,000 people already in the country on temporary visas.

Govt must act on boosters, kids vaccines and rapid tests - Chris Bishop

The government must urgently move to allow people vaccinated four months ago to get their third booster jab, bring forward the timeline for kids’ vaccines, and stop the perverse ban on rapid antigen testing, says National COVID-19 Response Spokesperson Chris Bishop.

Omicron Wake Up Call

"Today’s news of a near hit or miss with Omicron should be a wake up call for the Government’s lazy vaccine program. Four-month boosters are our strategy for Omicron but there’s absolutely no urgency getting them ready, that should change today," says ACT Leader David Seymour.

Government's festival favouritism comes back to bite taxpayers

"As we pointed out last month, the festival sector has been a beneficiary of favouritism from this Government," says Taxpayers' Union spokesman Jordan Williams.

Misguided market studies 'a waste of time' - Damien Smith

"The Government’s New Year’s resolution should be to give up on its misguided policy of announcing market studies. They cost millions to find things we already knew," says ACT’s Associate Finance spokesperson Damien Smith.

New visa, same problems - Erica Stanford

The Immigration Minister has shockingly admitted to just how underprepared Immigration New Zealand (INZ) is to cope with an influx of 2021 Resident Visa applications says National’s Immigration Spokesperson, Erica Stanford.

Book My Vaccine still not updated for four-month bookings, My Vaccine Pass still not linked to actual vaccination date

"A week after the Government changed its policy to make COVID-19 booster vaccines available four months from last dose, the Book My Vaccine website is still set up for six-months," says ACT Leader David Seymour.

Government continues to balloon under Labour - Simeon Brown

The annual bill for the cost of contractors continues to explode under Labour, seeing the taxpayer spend more on a growing government while getting little in return, National’s Public Service spokesperson Simeon Brown says.