Covid Cttee summonses re legality

06/05/2020

Repeated refusals by the government to release the legal advice on the lockdown has prompted action:

The Epidemic Response Committee has today summonsed all legal advice provided to the Attorney General, Solicitor General and Police Commissioner to be released, Opposition Leader and Committee Chair Simon Bridges says.

“The people of New Zealand have given up their freedoms for this lockdown. We all deserve to know what legal basis was for the lockdown.

“The legality of the lockdown is highly questionable, that’s what academics, lawyers and the law society have said to myself and the Epidemic Response Committee.

“There have been many questions about the way the Police have operated under lockdown. National has been calling for the legal advice to be released but this was refused.

“New Zealanders have a right to know what the rule of law is.

“The Government tried to block to the release of this information but we have fought for it to be made public.

“The Police Commissioner, the Attorney General and the Solicitor General have five days to comply with the summons from the committee.

“New Zealanders should be proud of the efforts they’ve made during this lockdown but they also deserve to know whether the lockdown was legal.”

The more draconian the restrictions imposed on us, the greater the need for openness and transparency.

This isn’t North Korea where good communication is telling the public what the leader wants the people to know.

This is New Zealand where good communication should be giving the media, opposition and the public answers to questions we all have the right to ask.

 


Three strikes and . . .?

03/10/2008

First there was the accusation that Attonrey General Michael Cullen let us down  over the EFA.

Second there was the accusation that he misled cabinet. over the Canadian attempt to buy Auckland Airport.

Now we have a third accusation that he’s using dodgy figures on Trans Tasman wage comparisons against Treasury advice.

That’s three strikes today but we’ve got five weeks until we can rule him out – and then only if enough voters see the light.


AG let us down over EFA

03/10/2008

Auckland University law professor Bill Hodge says the Attorney General failed to protect our right to free expression by upholding the Electoral Finance Act.

Is this failing because the AG is not a lawyer? Or is there something more here because this is the second criticism of Michael Cullen today.

The Hive points to the front page lead by Ben Thomas in today’s National Business Review which says Cullen misled Cabinet over the Canadian airport deal.

Somehow Thomas has e-mails that show that Dr Cullen refused to allow Treasury officials to consult the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on the legal implications of any moves to block the sale of airport shares in preparing its advice. As a result, Treasury, who are not expert in this field, gave incorrect advice to Government.

Did someone say the election is about trust?


EFA Opponents’ Court Bid Fails

21/06/2008

The bid for a judicial review of the Attorney General’s decision not to raise BIll of Rights issues in the EFA when it was considered by Parliament, has been struck out by the High Court.

Update: Kiwiblog has a fuller report and response.


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