COVID-19 Emergency Powers: New Zealand’s arbitrary, unsupportable mandates

2 years ago

Review of April 2022 paper:
'COVID-19 Emergency Powers: The New Zealand State, Medical Capture & the Role of Strategic Ignorance.'

Available as PDF on TalkingRisk.NZ
or in chapter form on

The Emergency Powers paper proposes that the combination of rapid output of legislation and flawed policy processes produced deficient COVID-19 legislation that was never scientifically or democratically accountable. The use of narrowly formed modelling to justify strategies, were never balanced by scrutiny of the peer reviewed scientific literature.

Laws that required that the public accepted a medical treatment in order to participate in economic life, continue to present grave ethical, legal and moral implications for human rights, and the resilience of democracies in times of crisis, in the years ahead.

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