Hold Human Rights appointment
Jim Anderton MP Fri Aug 20 1999
The appointment of a new Human Rights Commissioner
should be held up until after the election, Alliance leader
Jim Anderton says.
The Government is poised to announce
the appointment of a new chief Human Rights Commissioner,
replacing Pamela Jefferies.
Yesterday Jim Anderton said
the Government should not make any appointment of a new
Health and Disability Commissioner.
'The appointment of a
Human Rights Commissioner could be made any day, but it
should not go ahead before the election,' Mr Anderton
'An outgoing government should not be filling
top-level jobs less than three months before a general
'This is not a criticism of the people who may
be nominated for the positions. It is simply a question of
whether anyone should be put into a senior position this
late in the day.
'It is almost inevitable that any
appointee will be compromised by the suspicion that the
government is filling positions with its cronies as fast as
it can before it is thrown out of office,' Jim Anderton
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