Here’s hoping the government has been using means other than Beehive press statements to advise interested parties about a programme of consulting people about implementing recommendations of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on Christchurch mosques on 15 March 2019.
The public statement was issued yesterday. The first of a nationwide series of meetings starts in Wellington tomorrow.
According to a Radio New Zealand report, each meeting will be “a town-hall style discussion where people can share their thoughts and views directly with Ministers and ask questions”.
But NB – only some citizens will be let into the town hall. Some meetings are for Muslims, some for Muslim youth and some for pan-ethnic or pan-faith groups.
The press statement gives the strong impression the meetings are not intended for most New Zealanders.
Mind you, maybe that’s because the discriminatory tone of the statement is a consequence of hasty drafting. The government issued it hours after RNZ made inquiries. Continue reading “Scant notice is given of town hall meetings to enable us (or just some of us?) to discuss mosque massacre inquiry proposals”