Controversy over Government no-shows at the Epidemic Response Committee deepened on Tuesday night after Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis decided to cancel his scheduled appearance.
Davis cancelled his appearance on Tuesday afternoon, citing a regional meeting, followed by an apparently unmovable Facebook live event with Finance Minister Grant Robertson.
Davis’s office wouldn’t even comment about the cancellation, referring queries to the office of Chris Hipkins, the leader of the House.
Are you kidding me?
The Minister of Tourism, whose industry has been devastated, is saying he can’t appear before a Select Committee because he will be doing a Facebook Live event?
This shows that the PMs Office instructions to Ministers to dismiss rather than defend is being taken literally.