Government release of documents relating to Covid-19 decisions

The Government have done a Friday data dump of documents they call Proactive Release, despite having being asked for information that informed their Covid-19 decision making for weeks.

At least it’s out there now – or at least everything they haven’t withheld.

Details of this release

This release includes the papers, minutes, and key advice for the decisions the Government has made relating to COVID-19 up to 17 April. Where a final decision has been made after 17 April this will be released in a further update.

A small number of documents and some parts of the released documents would not be appropriate to release and, if requested, would be withheld under the Official Information Act 1982 (the Act). Where this is the case, the relevant sections of the Act that would apply have been identified. Where information has been withheld, no public interest has been identified that would outweigh the reasons for withholding it.

Some information has been withheld in full, from this release in relation to the relevant section(s) of the Act:

  • Section 9(2)(f)(iv) — confidential advice
  • Section 9(2)(ba)(ii) — information provided to the Government under an obligation of confidence
  • Section 6(a) — international relations
  • Section 9(2)(j) — commercial negotiations.
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  2. Sam rephrases: “We’re in for a shit-fight at an evenly divided committee over whether the ERC can actually do what it’s trying to do.”

  3. Duker

     /  8th May 2020

    Fancy that , journalists will have to work over the weekend…. cry me a river

    The committee can summons witnesses ( not all committees have that power but this one does.)
    However the Speaker must countersign the summons, sounds like they are check mating Bridges little procedural games

  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  8th May 2020

    Government believes it can continue to b.s. the media and the public and refuse all interviews on the documents:

  5. Duker

     /  8th May 2020

    Interesting look at people facing distress…there are 4 styles to how to approach it
    Brooders are plagued by negative, abstract thoughts. They focus on their distress and on the problem itself rather than possible solutions.
    I think this style is the one Bridges is mimicking….and why it’s not getting breakthrough to the voters


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