Sorry, diversity score is too low, so no offence can be taken

When the minister for non-males Ms Julie Anne Genter made her pronouncement that it was time for old white men to move off corporate boards to make way for diversity, a number of Oilers fired off a complaint to the Human Rights Commission.

Mine looked like this: (as fed back from the HRC website)

Who are you complaining about ?

Julie Anne Genter | Green Party | c/- Parliament 

I am complaining because I believe I have been discriminated against because of my:

age (from age 16 years)
employment status
ethnic or national origins (includes nationality and citizenship)
sex (includes childbirth and pregnancy)
racially harassed

When did this happen? day/month/year

3/22/2018  (asked for in NZ format, returned in US format!)

What happened?
Describe the event you are complaining about. What happened, where did it happen and who did it? If you can remember details like dates and the situation you were in, put this down. How has this affected you?
“Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter says old white men should ‘move on’ from company boards”

Have you tried to sort your complaint in any other way?

No, little chance of J A Genter responding so did not bother.

What kind of solution would you like ?

Public apology to all “old white men” for her crass generalization and racial stereotyping.


over 65,

Ethnic group
Person of colour: White. End of Quote

However, it seems that my diversity score was too low and, though HRC acknowledged that I was offended, they could not and would not assist.

The standardised form-email responses are now arriving back in complainants’ inboxes, within the allotted 15 days, and read as follows:

Dear xxxxx,

Thank you for contacting the Human Rights Commission about recent comments made by Minister Julie Anne Genter.

We understand you found the Minister’s comments offensive. The Commission considers that this is not a matter that can be addressed by the Commission’s dispute resolution services. We are therefore unable to take further action in respect of your complaint.

If you have not done so already, you may wish to contact the Minister’s office directly to express your concern.

Yours sincerely


Human Rights Commission End of QuoteEnd of quote.

Fortunately, I was not holding my breath waiting for the public apology from JAG.

It would be interesting to lodge an OIA request to find the number of complaints this stupid statement from the minister for non-males generated.

Just to refresh your memory, Julie Anne Genter said, “Old white men need to move on from company boards to help close the gender pay gap. Some of them need to move on and allow for diversity and new talent.”

Presumably, I can now, with impunity, make public statements to the effect that young brown females should move on from their place in the benefits queue in order to close the gender payments gap and make way for the talent and diversity that we poor disenfranchised old white men can bring to said queue?

Bailiffs at the door in 3… 2…

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