Wednesday, June 08, 2005

treaty politics

this is not news. adding a phrase like "a commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi" is one of those statements public service and political advertisers chuck into job descriptions to fill out space.

it's like, 'a commitment to equal opportunity' (for disabled people, women, etc)

good one jerry, really on top of your game there...


Blogger Sock Thief said...

It’s not really the same. One can be committed to equal opportunity but how you get there is a political choice. If the goal is good race relations then the Treaty is a possible method of achieving this but that part is actually a political decision. Having to agree with a particular view of the Treaty in order to apply for a job is in fact to vet someone on the basis of their politics. It's a form of discrimation.

I applied for a number of jobs with the Auckland Health Board in the 90s. At the time the official policy was bi-culturalism and specifically not multi-culturalism. In order to be get the job one had to explicitly state that one was for the former and against the latter. It was complete nonsense and happily it does not happen now.

9:20 AM  
Blogger the other 'Che' said...

do you have any knowledge of the treaty?

it's not difficult. more often than not refusing to learn about it is a more important measure of political bias.

7:47 AM  

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