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Abolish The HRC - It Would Never Be Missed

Abolish The HRC - It Would Never Be Missed

ACT New Zealand Justice Spokesman Stephen Franks today accused the Human Rights Commission of abandoning all claim to moral authority by allowing Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres to claim immunity from its own rules.

"Even if Mr de Bres is entitled to the immunity - which is highly debatable - the Commission should never have contemplated hiding behind it," Mr Franks said.

"The Commission should have been confident of showing that it could live with the rules that it has inflicted on everyone else. It should have welcomed the experience of going through the same processes that it advocates for everyone else.

"The Commission is a disgrace to justice. It has suborned the entire concept of human rights. The Race relations Commission started out, 30 years ago, with noble intentions - to ensure that bigots did not discriminate on the grounds of race. Back then, these words meant what they said - people were not to draw distinctions on racial grounds. All New Zealanders were to be judged according to their individual merits, not their ethnic identities.

"Mr de Bres and his Labour Government sponsors hate that, of course. They want people to focus on what divides - they call it `celebrating diversity' - and want collective rights to prevail, to depend on group membership. That way, rights can be politicised, and votes can be won or lost by appealing or pandering to ethnic tensions.

"The Human Rights Commission's politically correct enforcement of race privileges is rightly derided by people who respect the rule of law, and our hard won freedom of speech and association.

"The Human Rights Commission would be missed only by the racists in power if it were abolished," Mr Franks said.

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