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News Reports 2 : Dec 1-3 2005

The Dominion Post
December 1 2005

Cindy Kiro should go
Letter to the Editor
by Jonathon Harper, Ngaio  (Abridged)

I thought Children's Commissioner Cindy Kiro was a public servant. As such, she has a duty to work within the letter and spirit of our law.

Her endorsement of Air New Zealand and Qantas policies of asking male passengers to move if seated next to a child is a clear breach of human rights legislation.

I don't think the Government or most New Zealanders want to see men discriminated against in this or any other way. I've always believed men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. I won't be moving if asked, and I am sure many more will refuse now that this disgraceful and, I suspect, illegal policy is out in the open. No women are being asked to move.

I note Virgin Airways asks its cabin crews to use their common sense.

I want Dr Kiro dismissed. The airlines' policy will lead to more anti-male sentiment and discrimination.