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ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte calls Dame Susan Devoy to resign

ACT Leader Dr Jamie Whyte calls Dame Susan Devoy to resign

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 squash player.

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.

It is astounding that the Commissioner of Race Relations should condemn me for promoting legal equality between the races.

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 today.


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