Ministers to answer Epidemic Response Committee

Opposition Leader Simon Bridges.

The Epidemic Response Committee will meet again this week with Ministers the first to answer questions tomorrow morning, Opposition Leader Simon Bridges says.

“Regardless of the decision made today about levels there will be important questions about the economic impacts. That’s why we’ll have Small Business Minister Stuart Nash, Employment Minister Willie Jackson and Finance Minister Grant Robertson.

“It’s important we hear details about the plans in place to keep our small businesses afloat, what plans there are to get people back into work if they have lost their job and what further government assistance will be available.

“On Wednesday we’ll hear from the NZ Medical Association, NZ Aged Care Association, Pharmacy Guild of NZ, NZ Disability Support Network and NZ Dental Association."

Simon says all of these organisations have faced difficulties during the lockdown, particularly when it comes to accessing to PPE.

Professor David Skegg from Otago University will also be back as an independent witness.

“On Thursday, we will hear from a range of people including entrepreneur Rod Drury, KPMG Accountant Ian Proudfoot, businesswoman Traci Houpapa, academic Max Rashbrooke and NZ Initiative Executive Director Oliver Hartwich.

“The committee has been asking the questions New Zealanders want answers to. We will continue to scrutinise the Government’s response to ensure the response is the best it can be for all New Zealanders.”

The committee will be livestreamed on the Epidemic Response Committee’s dedicated page on the Parliament website.

It will also be streamed on the Parliament Facebook page and broadcast on Parliament TV

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Posted on 20-04-2020 17:38 | By Merlin

An Epidemic Committee approved press release or a National Party political release.Starting to wonder?


Posted on 20-04-2020 16:25 | By

Businesses are not the one and all to be considered here Simon. There are many others in this country that need to be thought of here. Do we need to name them??


Posted on 20-04-2020 11:37 | By Merlin

Don’t make it political we are all in this together and we have not seen an alternative plan from the Opposition.Unite to fight covid 19.