22 Apr 2020

Coronavirus: Anecdotes on show at Epidemic Response Committee

From Morning Report, 6:40 am on 22 April 2020

Government ministers arrived all but empty-handed when they fronted the country's online equivalent of Question Time yesterday.

Small Business Minister Stuart Nash, Employment Minister Willie Jackson and Finance Minister Grant Robertson were called to the Epidemic Response Committee to answer questions about the extension to the Alert Level 4 lockdown.

Instead of analysis and data the committee for the most part were given answers based on anecdotes and opinions.

RNZ political reporter Jo Moir has this story.