Jackie Blue appointed EEO Commissioner

April 16th, 2013 at 9:57 am by David Farrar

has announced:

Justice Minister Judith Collins today announced the appointment of Dr as the Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) Commissioner.

“I congratulate Dr Blue on her appointment as EEO Commissioner for the Human Rights Commission,” Ms Collins says.

“The EEO Commissioner has an important role to play in championing EEO principles, issues and practices in New Zealand as well as appreciating their relationship to social, economic and labour market trends.

“Dr Blue is committed to human rights and equity issues and is currently the Chair of three cross-party groups in Parliament. I’m confident she will be a very capable Commissioner.”

Dr Blue will be leaving Parliament to take up her new position. She will assume office on 4 June 2013.

Congratulations to Jackie on her appointment. I was very critical of the appointment of former National MP Brian Neeson to the Human Rights Review Tribunal, so I will criticise political appointments that lack merit. but this is not one of those cases.

Jackie has a good track record at working with MPs from all parties, and will do well in the role I am sure.

Her departure from Parliament will of course create a list vacancy. The next candidate on National’s list is former MP . Media have previously reported he does not desire or intend to return to Parliament. If he declines the spot, then Wellington Central candidate will become a List MP.

If Tim Groser does become WTO Director-General, then the next on the list is broadcaster .

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21 Responses to “Jackie Blue appointed EEO Commissioner”

  1. Brad (75 comments) says:

    Wait, it’s not a political appointment because she can work with different sorts of people? Way to set the bar low

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  2. krazykiwi (9,186 comments) says:

    “The EEO Commissioner has an important role to play in championing EEO principles, issues and practices in New Zealand as well as appreciating their relationship to social, economic and labour market trends.

    Let me shorten that.

    The role of the EEO Commissioner represents flagrant waste of taxpayer resources, and should be disestablished.

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  3. toms (299 comments) says:

    Today’s National party crony appointment was brought to you by Judith Collins. Tomorrow? Who knows? King Gerry gets to make his horse consul of Christchurch?

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  4. KiwiGreg (3,245 comments) says:

    MPs are obviously great candidates for sinecures that don’t require them to weaned from the public tit.

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  5. dishy (246 comments) says:

    OMG – is this the same Jackie Blue that the Ozark Mountain Daredevils sung about in the 70s?

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  6. frankdb (150 comments) says:

    Well she was NEVER going to win Mt Roskill. Actually what has she ever done apart from draw a fat salary? I cannot think of a single thing of importance.

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  7. HC (153 comments) says:

    As much as I respect Jackie Blue as a medical professional, I just wonder, what has she contributed to NZ society as an MP? And is it now becoming the standard, for Collins or other ministers, to appoint the ones they know from their own ranks and the old boys and old girls networks?

    Such positions like heading the EEO should not be filled with people with certain party membership books, and certainly not with ones that also sit as MPs, of whatever party.

    We get this with each major change of government, they tend to appoint the ones they favour, and who favour them, be this as Commissioners, as CEOs, senior advisors, managers for SOEs and whatever other jobs there are going.

    Sick this is, in little NZ.

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  8. Mark (1,479 comments) says:

    DPF take off your National party, pale blue glasses for a second. Putting aside the relevance of having an EEO Commisioner which is seriously questionable, appointing a sitting list MP to such a role politicises it completely and destroys any credibility she may personally bring to the role. What the hell was Collins thinking here.

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  9. Graeme Edgeler (3,283 comments) says:

    If Tim Groser does become WTO Director-General, then the next on the list is broadcaster Claudette Hauiti.

    If Paul Quinn declines to take up his place in Parliament, and Paul Foster-Bell becomes an MP, the person on the list who will get the next call in the event of another retirement/resignation is not Claudette Hauiti, but Paul Quinn. He gets the option each time it comes up, unless he dies, or ceases to be a member of the party.

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  10. Graeme Edgeler (3,283 comments) says:

    I was very critical of the appointment of former National MP Brian Neeson to the Human Rights Review Tribunal

    You were?

    At the time, you said:

    I do agree with [Idiot/Savant] that the appointments look too politically loaded. Generally National has been much better than Labour in this area, and this is the first set of appointments which look unbalanced. It may be that each individual is qualified, but to have four out of nine members with a political background is not desirable.

    The one that puzzles me is Brian Neeson. Brian quit National and actually stood against John Key in 2002. Generally parties don’t have a lot of time for people who quite and break their written word not to stand against the official candidate. So why is National appointing Neeson? It is hardly rewarding a supporter.

    To me, this falls short of “very critical”.

    ref: http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2009/12/the_human_rights_review_tribunal.html

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  11. Pete George (23,476 comments) says:

    No matter how suitable Jackie Blue may be for the position (I have no idea), and especially following so close to the revelation that Key shoulder tapped Ian Fletcher (which I don’t have a problem with), this is not a good look for National.

    It builds on an accumulating perception that National play favourites for significant job appointments. “As bad as everyone else” is not a satisfactory standard.

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  12. Neil (579 comments) says:

    Please please please… I don’t want that …… Quinn back in parliament. What a tosser !!!!!

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  13. krazykiwi (9,186 comments) says:

    Today’s National party crony appointment was brought to you by Judith Collins. Tomorrow? Who knows? King Gerry gets to make his horse consul of Christchurch?

    toms it’s a political appointment.

    You’d expect them to choose, let me see… you?!?

    I’d say the horse would have a better chance

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  14. MT_Tinman (3,130 comments) says:

    krazykiwi (9,051) Says:
    April 16th, 2013 at 10:58 am

    I’d say the horse would have a better chance

    and be a better choice.

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  15. Tookinator (221 comments) says:

    A few commentators are quick to put her down just cos THEY have not heard of the good work she has done, and complain about MP’s being bludgers.

    A couple of things, Jackie probably took a pay cut to be an MP, being a highly respected doctor.

    She was instrumental in getting funding for Herceptin, and worked hard on her Private Members Bill which was to improve the organ donation system by stopping relatives veoting a donors wishes.

    (The Bill was rejected in favour of the Labour Government Bill which allows an even wider range of people to veto a donor’s wishes.)

    There are many more things she has done for groups and individuals, just because it wasn’t you in particular does not mean she hasn’t been successful for others…

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  16. Chris2 (762 comments) says:

    How does her salary as an MP compare to that of this new appointment?

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  17. backster (2,150 comments) says:

    I don’t think the Commission or Commissioner is necessary. Dr Blue though is a real and capable Doctor somewhat rare among the hordes of posers using that designation lining up at the Public Trough. She should be placed in a position where her medical training can be used to best advantage within Government administration. That said, if these organisations are to be maintained, it is desirable that National replace those remaining places with their personel, as the contracts of the appointments made by Clark in the shadow of her dismissal terminate.

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  18. nickb (3,686 comments) says:

    So a pointless appointment to a pointless quango of a pointless politician?

    More jobs for the boys (and girls). What a joke the National PArty is

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  19. tvb (4,360 comments) says:

    Nobody took political cronyism further than the last Labour Government. Judith Collins is not afraid to appoint well qualified National Party supporters to political appointments. Other national ministers have been too shy in this area. I salute her.

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  20. Paul Marsden (995 comments) says:

    An absurd job, for an absurd role, for an absurd salary.

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  21. Ancient Dan (46 comments) says:

    Good appointment. Someone who is not a member of the clerisy will be a breath of fresh air.

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