October 11, 2023
ACT money veto bad look for country says Hipkins
Labour Party leader Chris Hipkins says a stand off between National and ACT over power sharing if they are in a position to form a Government is a recipe for instability.
With current polls showing New Zealand First would need to be in the mix, ACT leader David Seymour has threatened to sit on the cross benches and force National to seek its agreement on every issue it presents to Parliament.
Mr Hipkins says it that would be a mess.
“The ACT Party would withhold money from the Government every day, so every day the Government would have to go cap in hand, if it was a National Government, to David Seymour to get permission to spend money. That doesn’t happen in New Zealand. It has never happened before and it would lead us to the American-style system where government could cease to function on a day to day basis,” he says.