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Select Committee will continue to probe response

The Epidemic Response Committee will reconvene this week to further examine the health and economic response to Covid-19 being taken by the Government, Leader of the Opposition and Committee Chair...


Rushing electoral law change under lockdown wrong

The Government has its priorities wrong by rushing through controversial law changes to give prisoners the vote while the country is in lockdown, National’s Electoral Law spokesperson Nick Smith says....


More businesses must be able to operate safely

The Government must be more agile when it comes to allowing businesses to keep operating during the lockdown if they can prove they can do so safely, National’s Economic Development...


Government chartered flights should bring Kiwis home

The Government needs to ensure the international flights being chartered for stranded tourists are returning home with New Zealanders who are currently stuck overseas, Opposition Leader Simon Bridges says. “With...


Key agencies in Covid-19 response disconnected

Today’s meeting of the Epidemic Response Committee has shown how disconnected the three key agencies, Health, Customs and Police, are in enforcing the self-isolation of New Zealanders and shows why...


PM must find secure platform for Cabinet discussions

Jacinda Ardern has serious questions to answer about why she is using the video conferencing system Zoom for Cabinet meetings, National’s GCSB & NZSIS spokesperson Gerry Brownlee says. “Cabinet needs...


New Zealanders still in the dark on the state of the economy

Far greater transparency is needed from the Government on the economic consequences of the Covid-19 lockdown, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. “It was clear from today’s Epidemic Response Committee...


Clear purpose needed in response to Covid-19

The first meeting of the Epidemic Response Committee has raised some important concerns with New Zealand’s health response to Covid-19, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says. “We need clarity...


Minimum wage increase must be deferred

The Government must defer the minimum wage increase set to come in to force tomorrow, Opposition Leader Simon Bridges says. “With the entire country under lockdown, businesses up and down...


Fairness and common sense needed around safe essential services

There needs to be more fairness and common sense applied to determining what essential services can safely open, National’s Economic Development and Small Business spokesperson Todd McClay says. “Nearly a...