Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


ACT leader’s race-based privilege claims “preposterous”

ACT leader’s race-based privilege claims “preposterous” and “insulting” says academic

Historian Professor Paul Moon has blasted ACT leader Jamie Whyte’s recent policy announcement on so-called race-based legislation.

Dr Whyte has called for a taskforce to identify and repeal laws which allegedly give special treatment to Maori, and claims that “the principle that the law should be impartial has never been fully embraced in New Zealand.”

However, Auckland University of Technology’s Professor Moon disputes this, arguing instead that what has been absent for more than one-and-a-half centuries is equality of opportunity: “The irony is that while, Dr Whyte claims he wants equality, at the same time he is looking to kick away the very props that hold up a more egalitarian New Zealand.”

Professor Moon describes Dr Whyte’s statement that “Maori are legally privileged in New Zealand today, just as the aristocracy were legally privileged in pre-revolutionary France,” as “utterly preposterous and deeply insulting.”

“Such a claim is only possible”, says Professor Moon, “if you deliberately turn your back on every statistic and measure of social well-being in this country. It is almost inconceivable that a New Zealand political-party leader in 2014 could make such a statement.”

ACT is also targeting Maori seats, with a policy aimed at their removal. Professor Moon sees this as part of a concerted plan which could set back race relations by decades.

Professor Moon suggests that with this comprehensive attack on so-called race-based legislation, ACT is attempting to make a populist appeal to the same constituency as Don Brash did in his famous Orewa speech a decade ago. “The difference this time, though,” says Professor Moon, “is that ACT is trying to compete in a much more crowded political marketplace, with NZ First and the Conservatives promoting similar types of policies. In this sense, ACT’s decision to push this issue represents poor political judgment, and smells of desperation.”


[ENDS]

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Joint Statement: Establishment Of NZ-China Strategic Partnership

At the invitation of Governor-General Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and Prime Minister The Rt Hon John Key of New Zealand, President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China made a state visit to New Zealand from 19 to 21 November 2014.

During his visit, President Xi Jinping met with Governor-General Jerry Mateparae, and held talks with Prime Minister John Key. The leaders had an in-depth exchange of views on bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of common interest. More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Savings Targets: Health Procurement Plan Changes Direction

Next steps in implementing DHB shared services programme Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has agreed to explore a proposal put forward by DHBs to move implementation of the shared services programme to a DHB-owned vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

More on Health Policy:

Auckland Unification: 'No IT Cost Blowout' (Just More Expensive)

Following discussion of an update on Auckland Council’s Information Services Transformational Programme at today’s Finance and Performance Committee, council has released the report publicly. More>>

ALSO:

Other Expensive Things:

Gordon Campbell: On The SAS Role Against Islamic State, And Podemos

Only 25% of the US bombing runs are even managing to locate IS targets worth bombing. As the NYT explains at length, this underlines the need for better on-the-ground intelligence to direct the air campaign to where the bad guys have holed up... More>>

ALSO:

Public Service: Commission Calls For Answers On Handling Of CERA Harassment

EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On Andrew Little’s Victory

So Andrew Little has won the leadership – by the narrowest possible margin – from Grant Robertson, and has already been depicted by commentators as being simultaneously (a) the creature of the trade unions and (b) the most centrist of the four candidates, which would be an interesting trick to see someone try in a game of Twister. More>>

ALSO:

China President Wishlists: Greens Welcome Xi, But Human Rights Need To Be On Agenda

“President Xi has made some progress on climate change, but he must also lift the Chinese government’s game on human rights issues,” Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said... It is important that our Government continues to urge the Chinese government to show restraint and respect human rights in both Tibet and the Xinjiang province.” More>>

ALSO:

Airport Security Breach: CAA Fines Minister

Minister Brownlee has been issued an infringement notice and is required to pay a $2000 infringement fine for breaching Civil Aviation Rule 19.357(b), which states no person may be in an airport security area without an appropriate identity card or document. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news