“Criticism of ACT’s proposal to make scanning into any premises with an official Ministry of Health Covid-19 tracing QR code compulsory for those people who haven’t switched on the official NZ Covid Tracer app’s Bluetooth capability is misplaced,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.
“Technology commentator Andrew Chen, from the University of Auckland’s centre for Informed Futures, claimed on NewstalkZB this morning that the policy ignores the 20 per cent of New Zealanders who don’t have smartphones.
“What Mr Chen ignores is that people without smartphones are already obliged to manually sign in to premises showing an official QR code.
“Right now 90 per cent of New Zealanders aren’t doing anything and there is already a solution for those who don’t have smartphones.
“To suggest ACT is ‘overegging’ the danger such low use of any tracking and tracing by New Zealanders at a time when highly virulent strains of Covid-19 are in the country is naïve in the extreme.
“ACT knows New Zealanders largely band together and do the right thing for the good of their community when advised to, but in this case we believe they need the nudge of being told some form of regular tracing is mandatory.
“Clearly advertising and the occasional scolding from the Health Minister isn’t cutting the mustard.
“We cannot continue with such dismally low use of all the options available to help rapid contact tracing.
“I repeat what I said yesterday – the best thing we can do for freedom is avoid another five week lockdown.”
Was PM misleading, or not paying attention?
“The Prime Minister needs to explain to New Zealanders whether she was misleading them when she said a controversial change to Three Waters was “not something I would necessarily be aware of” or whether she just wasn’t paying attention in caucus when it was discussed,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.
ACT’s solutions for building New Zealand and conserving nature
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PM in denial about ram raids
“Jacinda Ardern’s assertion on AM this morning that the “majority” of ramraid cases are being prosecuted shows she’s either in denial or living on another planet when it comes to crime,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.
PM doesn’t know Govt went soft on crime
“Fending off suggestions she is ‘pro-criminal’ this morning, the Prime Minister revealed her ignorance of the law and accidentally drew attention to the fact her Government has reduced penalties for ram raid-type offences”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.