Monday, December 12, 2011

Double Think by Federal Race Discrimination Commissioner Helen Szoke

In this mornings Herald Sun there is an article reporting that three employers have permission to advertise exclusively for aboriginal employees, The article quotes the Federal Race Discrimination Commissioner (I didn't even know there was such a job) Helen Szoke as saying the following.

"It's reducing the burden of process on business, which is a good thing; it's promoting equal opportunity, which is a good thing; and it's ensuring that services have culturally appropriate staff, which is also a good thing," Dr Szoke said.

Read that sentence again, almost every phrase in it is the opposite of the truth of the matter.

"It's reducing the burden of process on business".  How? Under the current rules employers just advertise for people to do a job, I cannot see how this ruling will reduce the work involved in employing people. If anything it will increase employers difficulties due to having to take the race of the required employees into consideration etc.

" it's promoting equal opportunity".  Read that again! How on earth is allowing employers select people on their race promoting equal opportunity? Surely any job can be performed by any person who has the required skills and experience, why should their race come into it?

"it's ensuring that services have culturally appropriate staff".  Again I ask what does that garbage mean? Do aboriginal people have special genetic abilities that others do not? I did attend a compulsory training session once in which the aboriginal instructor claimed that aborigines have special psychic abilities. Following Commissar Szokes thoughts perhaps Australian Hospitals should have culturally appropriate staff to encourage and perform infibulations?

Commissar Szokes is engaging in Doublethink Orwell used the expression to describe the following.

The power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them....To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just as long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies - all this is indispensably necessary. Even in using the word doublethink it is necessary to exercise doublethink. For by using the word one admits that one is tampering with reality; by a fresh act of doublethink one erases this knowledge; and so on indefinitely, with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth.[2]

The good Commissar believes that she ensures that people will not be discriminated on the grounds of race when applying for work. At the same time she believes that allowing employers to select applicants on the basis of race is a "Good Thing' in her words. She appears to comply with the above definition of Doublethink to the very letter. The sad thing is that she is not alone, the entire Equal opportunity and Human Rights edifice is staffed by similar people, busily discriminating against people and at the same time genuinely believing that they are the guardians of anti discriminatory practices.

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