Human Rights Commission

Two Politicians, two very different parties but a common belief in a ‘ Fair go ‘

After the story of the Student teacher hit the headlines I approached three politicians for comment and their responses are below. Two of them have a common belief in a ‘fair go’ for the Student teacher which is heartening to see.

Labour Party’s Spokesperson for Education, Chris Hipkins

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Chris Hipkins,Labour Party’s spokesperson for Education.

I don’t comment on specific employment matters.

On the general issue, I would expect all trainee teachers to be given full support to complete their qualifications. They should not be discriminated against based on gender, race, sexuality, past employment, or future employment prospects.

– Chris Hipkins

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Surely 6 feet is enough for your political grave

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Colin Craig just won’t shut his big mouth.

He continues to speak to media when he states he won’t be issuing any more statements or taking any questions.

His leadership debacle is rumbling on and all he is doing is making his already deep political grave even deeper.

Take this comment to Fairfax:

Craig said he would need to discuss MacGregor’s request to be released from the confidentiality agreement with his lawyers. He was not ruling it out.

“She’s offered the opportunity to perhaps lift some confidentiality and we might not be opposed to that.”

On MacGregor’s statement about inaccuracies, Craig said he had received no correspondence “that anything I’ve said is inaccurate”.

Good grief. He starts by saying he would need to discuss her request and then says he has received no correspondence…did he miss the press release that everyone got? Presumably he also missed the letter from MacGregor’s lawyers requesting release from confidentiality.   Read more »

Here come the threats from Colin Craig

Colin Craig is going legal, it is his usual tactics…the tactics of a coward and a bully.

As is usual he wants to use his wallet to intimidate people, to cost them a great deal of money defending themselves…in order to silence them.

He says he is going to announce what he intends to do about “scurrilous” publications.

John Stringer spoke out this morning saying he was sick of a culture of confidentiality being used to cover up what he called abhorrent behaviour.

He also said he wrote a year ago with concerns about Mr Craig’s working relationship with his former press secretary.

Colin Craig said Mr Stringer was wrong with many of the things he said, but could not say what.

“I’ve only seen the interview and there was a lot of content in it, I had not yet had the opportunity to work through piece by piece, but I have listened to it and I’ve taken already some preliminary advice.    Read more »

Face of the day

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Catholic Unversity President John Garvey standing in front of one of the many campus crosses (Photo by Rafael Crisostomo)

Today’s face of the day John Garvey is being ‘ beaten up ‘ by a ludicrous complaint to the Human Rights office in America. It seems that like here in New Zealand there is no case that the Human Rights commission will not touch. No matter how ridiculous and merit less a case people can be assured that the Human rights office or commission will enthusiastically take up their cause and ‘bludgeon with bureaucracy ‘ the poor victim of the harassment. Surely there should be a point at which the Human rights commission says, no we will not investigate as your case has no merit and is malicious.

Crosses in every room at Washingon D.C.’s Catholic University of America are a human rights violation that prevent Muslim students from praying.

That’s the complaint to the Washington, D.C. Office of Human Rights filed by a professor from rival George Washington University across town.
GWU Law School Professor John Banzhaf takes the Catholic institution to task for acting “probably with malice” against Muslim students in a 60-page complaint that cites “offensive” Catholic imagery all over the Catholic school, which he says hinder Muslims from praying.

Baffled Catholic University officials say they have never received a complaint from any of the schools Muslim students.

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Welcome to the no fly list

Some people are just jerks.

Like this prick who didn’t want to be wished a Merry Christmas.

Bah, humbug!

A passenger was tossed off a plane at La Guardia Airport on Tuesday after flipping out — because airline workers wished him a merry Christmas.

The man was waiting to board American Airlines Flight 1140 to Dallas when a cheerful gate agent began welcoming everyone with the Yuletide greeting while checking boarding passes.

The grumpy passenger, who appeared to be traveling alone, barked at the woman, “You shouldn’t say that because not everyone celebrates Christmas.”

The agent replied, “Well, what should I say then?”   Read more »

Does John Drinnan actually read what he writes?

John Drinnan is a fool.

His latest column mentions the decision b the Press Council to open up membership finally to online media.

This is interesting because in current proceedings before the Human Rights Review Tribunal I have told I can’t be a journalist because i’m not a member of a voluntary regime like the Press Council, but the lawyer ignored the problem that until last week I couldn’t possibly join because their constitution wouldn’t allow it.

I also had to battle that premise int eh High Court, but fortunately Justice Asher saw through that attempt, not so you would know it from the perspective of the Human Rights Commission.

The idea of expanding the Press Council’s reach has been around for years and was given a boost after the Law Commission suggested digital media should join a combined media standards organisation, in return for receiving legal protections available to journalists. Then Justice Minister Judith Collins – a close friend of Slater – quashed that plan.

However the Press Council has since gone ahead with a scheme to represent digital media and blogs under its own steam, and that was unveiled this week.

But the ethics of bloggers and the media in general have come under deep scrutiny since Dirty Politics was published. Neville said it was clear in Press Council rules that publishers could not be paid for editorial.

“There is a grey area now with so-called native advertising, which is meant to be quality journalism which stacks up on its journalistic merits, even though it is sympathetic to one party.”

There were questions about whether the Press Council should have jurisdiction over native content, or if that should be covered by the Advertising Standards Authority.

Dirty Politics author Nicky Hager said the Press Council was getting into complex waters judging digital media on the basis of individuals rather than articles, and deciding whether they were journalism or not.

“My fear would be what could happen is that unscrupulous blogs could be given credibility but not end up with any accountability.

“Sometimes people are publishing public relations, and sometimes journalism,” he said.

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Something to go to today since the weather is rubbish

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Could be an interesting meeting this weekend for Aucklanders concerned about the council’s racist Unitary Plan, and trashing of property rights.

Remember when Shane Jones called a stupid digging instrument for corrupt extraction of RMA ransom payments a spade earlier this year.

Of course Labour did not pick up his mere when he left, because it did not fit with the identity politics that was all they had left. Bob Jones seems to have been the next public figure to risk tackling this issue (link). He reminded everyone that thousands of properties were newly vulnerable to iwi discovery of taniwha or other spirits and cultural needs that might need placating with koha.

A group called Democracy Action have called a public meeting in opposition to the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan.

The Plan kowtows to iwi elite and forces the rest of us to pay in cultural impact assessment fees, and lip service to so called spiritual and cultural values (taniwha) just to do things like replacing a window or putting in a pool.  Read more »

Privacy Commission and Human Rights Commission complaints being prepared against Nicky Hager

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Revelations that Nicky Hager used emails hacked from my private files has concerned everyone that has communicated with me.  Some of these people are already in the Dirty Politics book, mostly as secondary characters or even minor bit players in footnotes or mentioned in passing.

And those that are in the book will have many, many more private emails that are in the hands of the criminals feeding  Nicky Hager his filtered material.

“I think if it comes out, which I have a feeling it is going to come out, I think that if people read it, it’ll actually be worse than the book, because while I had to make it a readable book and take things out, when you just go page after page of this cynicism and the nastiness it’s quite an experience.”

– Hager, on Q&A

This isn’t where the potential damage ends.  The emails are obviously in the hands of people that have breached the privacy of many people, including politicians, media, business people and friends and family.

Anyone, who communicated with me is potentially involved here.

The book is published.  That horse has bolted.

However, the threat and possibility of the release of further emails is seriously undermining more people’s privacy.

I encourage everyone that is concerned about their privacy to launch a complaint against Nicky Hager with the Privacy Commission and the Human Rights Commission.

It may be fairly minor in the larger scheme of things, but if you ever emailed me with details about your health for example, this information is now under the control of criminals.

That too, can not be helped.     Read more »

Rodney Hide writes to Susan Devoy

Rodney is disappointed and writes to Susan Devoy to tell her why:

Dear Dame Susan,

I cheered from the sidelines when you were named Race Relations Commissioner. I thought you would bring sense to a nonsense job.

Having you as commissioner was the next best thing to eliminating the role.

But now you have used your office to attack ACT leader Jamie Whyte. That’s an abuse of your position and resources. You must have figured ACT was a soft target.

Your attack demonstrated the stupidity of your role. You called Dr Whyte’s reasoning for justice to be blind to skin colour “grotesque and inflammatory.”

In your topsy-turvy world calling for an end to racism is racist.

It was a bizarre statement, more likely than not prepared by some muppet for her to sign off.

We are not all the same. We vary in our genes and our dispositions. The difference makes life interesting. A world of clones would be a dull old affair.

And some people through talent, hard work and luck do better than others. You should know this better than anyone.

You won the British Open Squash Championship eight times. We didn’t say it’s time for Australia to have a win and give Liz Irving a three-point start. Or worse, that everyone should be “exactly the same” and not keep score.

There would be no drama, no interest, no striving, no achievement. No one would train or put in any effort. There would be no point.

That’s the trouble with trying to make everyone the same. Killing individuality kills initiative.

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Malcolm Harbrow from No Right Turn on Labour’s rape law changes

Malcolm Harbrow from No Right turn is a nasty spiteful hard left acolyte, but occasionally he stumbles in the right direction.

Today he lambasts Labour for proposing to overturn our Bill of Rights and remove the presumption of innocence and the onus of proof onto the defence in rape cases.

This clearly violates the presumption of innocence affirmed in the Bill of Rights Act (not to mention the Universal Declaration of Human RightsICCPR, and every other major human rights instrument). Under that presumption, the state has to prove each and every aspect of its case (“the burden of proof is on he who declares, not on he who denies”). That’s clearly not the case under Labour’s proposal.

Our Supreme Court has already found that the presumption of supply in the Misuse of Drugs Act violates the Bill of Rights Act for exactly these reasons. They will draw exactly the same conclusion about this proposal – as will the UN Human Rights Commission.

I accept that rape cases are difficult to prove. This change will make them remarkably easier. If Labour gets its way, there will be a lot more convictions for rape. And a lot more of them will be of innocent people. We presume innocence because we believe it is far better for the guilty to go free than for the innocent to be punished. Labour clearly does not believe that any more.    Read more »