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Key Agencies In Covid-19 Response Disconnected

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 2:15 pm | New Zealand National Party

<strong>Hon Simon Bridges </strong> Leader of the Opposition 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 ... More >>

PM Must Find Secure Platform For Cabinet Discussions

Thursday, 2 April 2020, 8:43 am | New Zealand National Party

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 to be able to have robust discussions ... More >>

New Zealanders Still In The Dark On The State Of The Economy

Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 2:58 pm | New Zealand National Party

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 that Ministers have had ... More >>

Clear Purpose Needed In Response To Covid-19

Tuesday, 31 March 2020, 4:08 pm | New Zealand National Party

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 of purpose in our response and should have the clear ... More >>

Minimum Wage Increase Must Be Deferred

Tuesday, 31 March 2020, 8:51 am | New Zealand National Party

Hon Simon Bridges Leader of the Opposition 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 the country are ... More >>

Fairness And Common Sense Needed Around Safe Essential Services

Monday, 30 March 2020, 3:43 pm | New Zealand National Party

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 week into the lockdown there continues to be uncertainty ... More >>

National Taking Constructive Approach To Select Committee

Monday, 30 March 2020, 1:00 pm | New Zealand National Party

National will be taking a constructive and principled approach to scrutinising the Government’s response to Covid-19 through the Epidemic Response Committee, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says. “It’s important there is strong scrutiny ... More >>

Truck Drivers Need Support From Govt

Sunday, 29 March 2020, 5:06 pm | New Zealand National Party

New Zealand’s truck drivers are working round the clock to keep our shelves stocked with essential goods and they deserve support, National’s Transport spokesperson Chris Bishop says. “Truck drivers are working long hours to ensure essential items ... More >>

Government Needs To Reverse Community Newspaper Ban Quickly

Sunday, 29 March 2020, 11:57 am | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s decision to close down all community and weekly papers must be reversed, National’s Economic Development and Small Business spokesperson Todd McClay says. “The decision that only paid daily newspapers can continue to publish ... More >>

Wage Subsidy Changes Deeply Unfair

Saturday, 28 March 2020, 11:48 am | New Zealand National Party

Last night’s changes to the wage subsidy scheme appear to give large windfalls to part-time workers, which is an odd priority in a time of crisis, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. “The new rules say that employers must ... More >>

Fair Access And Affordability Of Food A Priority

Friday, 27 March 2020, 4:07 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government needs to ensure there is continued fair access to food and that it remains affordable, National’s Economic Development and Small Business spokesperson Todd McClay says. “Given only a select group of retail operators have been granted ... More >>

Government Should Rethink Rules For Butchers And Greengrocers

Thursday, 26 March 2020, 12:01 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government should review the framework that determines which grocery services can open during lockdown so our communities don’t struggle with access to vital food supplies, National’s Economic Development and Small Business spokesperson ... More >>

Leader Of The Opposition’s Statement On State Of National Emergency And Move To Alert Level 4

Wednesday, 25 March 2020, 5:19 pm | New Zealand National Party

We are in tough times as coronavirus sweeps our globe, taking people's lives and closing economies as it goes. The response around the world has varied. Some nations have been more effective than others. Our country, Aotearoa New Zealand, has not ... More >>

National Welcomes Bank Lending Guarantees

Tuesday, 24 March 2020, 4:55 pm | New Zealand National Party

National supports the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme announced today as a mechanism to keep businesses in business and New Zealanders in jobs, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. “During this period of massive disruption it is critical that ... More >>

Increased Measures Supported By National

Monday, 23 March 2020, 2:30 pm | New Zealand National Party

National supports the Government’s decision to move the country towards Level 4 of the Covid-19 alert system over the next 48 hours and to extend the economic package for all businesses, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says. “This ... More >>

National Puts Campaign On Hold

Monday, 23 March 2020, 1:00 pm | New Zealand National Party

National Party Leader Simon Bridges has asked all MPs and candidates to put campaigning on hold. “This morning I have asked all of our MPs to suspend any form of campaigning. “Our MPs and candidates will still be in their communities offering help and advice ... More >>

Lift The Cap To Save More Jobs

Sunday, 22 March 2020, 11:49 am | New Zealand National Party

National is calling on the Government to lift the $150,000, 21 full-time employee cap on its wage subsidy scheme to reduce business collapses and job losses, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith said today. “While entirely justifiable on ... More >>

Broad Testing Criteria Vital To Containing The Spread

Friday, 20 March 2020, 2:32 pm | New Zealand National Party

Not enough New Zealanders are being tested for Covid-19 and the Government needs to get on top of it, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says. “With Australia reporting global shortages, the Minister needs to provide assurances to ... More >>

Government Should Close The Border

Thursday, 19 March 2020, 4:25 pm | New Zealand National Party

Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges has commended the Government for introducing a ban on indoor events of more than 100 people but says the Government needs to go further and close our borders to non-New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. ... More >>

Assurances About Education Decisions

Thursday, 19 March 2020, 11:42 am | New Zealand National Party

National is calling on the Government to give parents, students and education providers certainty about what the criteria is for school closures as we continue to deal with the impact of Covid-19, National’s Education spokesperson Nikki Kaye says. “We ... More >>

 

 

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