Another popular move from Crusher

It looks like Crusher may move on the Race Relations Conciliator position:

Moves are afoot to abolish the title of race relations commissioner, which minority groups and critics say could downgrade the position’s importance.

An amendment to the Human Rights Act introduced to Parliament late last year would abolish the title, although the duties would still be done by a human rights commissioner.

The race relations commissioner has been part of the Human Rights Commission since 2002. Current Commissioner Joris de Bres, whose term ends in September, says he will oppose the change when submissions are called for.

“I advised the minister at the time that I felt it would reduce the visibility of the office and also reduce its independence.”

At present, he said, the commissioner acted jointly with, but was not subject to, the chief human rights commissioner’s direction. “And that is specifically changed in the amendment.”

He believed the change would be seen by many minority communities “as a downgrading of the position”.

Whining to the Minister will be a waste of time. She brooks no nonsense with namby-pamby liberalism.

Most New Zealanders would be hard pressed to give a single reason to retain the office.

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