Among them was former National Party MP Brian Neeson. A typical political appointment?
Well, no! Neeson was dumped from the Helensville electorate by the National Party in 2002 in favour of the current Prime Minister John Key. What’s more, Neeson had the temerity to stand as an independent against Key, in a move that could have split the centre-right vote and cost National the electorate. The National Party owes him nothing.
So does he have some expertise in human rights to justify his appointment? Well, no again! Idiot/Savant at No Right Turn has done some Hansard research, and discovered Neeson’s track record on human rights when he was an MP includes:
- Voting in favour of allowing employers to discriminate on the basis of gender.
- Voting to exclude sexual orientation from being a prohibited ground of discrimination under the Human Rights Act.
- Voting to exclude AIDS and HIV from the definition of “physical health” in the prohibited grounds of discrimination in the Human Rights Act.
- Voting to allow health professionals and teachers to be sacked for being gay and to allow the armed forces and the police to continue to discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation.
- Voting against the Property Relationships Act being extended to cover de-facto couples.
So Neeson has spent most of his political life espousing bigotry and opposing human rights.
I’ve been hopping around Parliament for a while now, and it takes a lot to surprise me. But this one has me puzzled – it is a truly bizarre appointment.