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.

 


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