ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte calls Dame Susan Devoy to resign
ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte calls Dame Susan Devoy to
Dame Susan Devoy has responded to my speech
calling for racial equality by publicly condemning it as
“grotesque and inflammatory".
That would be nothing more
than a sign of ignorance if she were still a professional
But she is no longer a squash professional.
She is the Commissioner for Race Relations. Her role is
specified in legislation.
Nowhere does the legislation say
that, unlike other senior state bureaucrats, the
Commissioner of Race Relations’ role involves engaging in
political campaigns to support particular parties, such as
the Mana-Internet Party and the Maori Party.
astounding that the Commissioner of Race Relations should
condemn me for promoting legal equality between the
If Ms Devoy believes that a person’s legal rights
should depend on the race of her parents, and if she
believes that she should use her state-funded position to
promote the electoral prospects of race-based political
parties, then she is unfit to hold her position as the
Commissioner of Race Relations.
She should resign
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On First Time Voting (Centre Right)
For the next two days, I’m turning my column over to two guest columnists who are first time voters. I’ve asked them to explain why they were voting, for whom and what role they thought their parental upbringing had played in shaping their political beliefs ; and at the end, to choose a piece of music.
One guest columnist will be from the centre right, one from the centre left. Today’s column is from the centre right – by James Penn:
As someone who likes to consider himself, in admittedly vainglorious fashion, a considered and rational actor, the act of voting for the first time is a somewhat confusing one. I know that my vote has a close to zero chance of actually influencing the outcome of Parliament. The chance I will cast the marginal vote that adds to National or Act’s number of seats in Parliament is miniscule. The chance, even if I did, that doing so would affect the government makes voting on a strictly practical level even more spurious as a worthwhile exercise.
But somehow I have spent a large amount of time (perhaps detrimentally so, depending on the outcome of my upcoming exams) agonising over how to cast my first vote in a national election. More>>