The Huddle: Does the Human Rights Commission need reform?

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 29 Oct 2020, 7:46PM
Chief Human Rights Commissioner Professor Paul Hunt. (Photo / Supplied)
Chief Human Rights Commissioner Professor Paul Hunt. (Photo / Supplied)

The Huddle: Does the Human Rights Commission need reform?

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 29 Oct 2020, 7:46PM

David Seymour's savaging the Human Rights Commission - and calling for it to be abolished.

The ACT leader claims it's a hard-left organisation masquerading as a government department.

The Commission's today called for the new Government to honour human rights - and laid out 39 issues it wants politicians to adopt.

Seymour says the manifesto is clear evidence it needs to go - and there's legitimate political debate that doesn't need the Commission screwing the scrum.

Meanwhile, there are suggestions from top Kiwi epidemiologists some people could spend part of their quarantine at home.

They say it could strengthen the country's response.

Otago University public health professor Nick Wilson told Heather du Plessis-Allan for returnees from low risk countries, it could work to share quarantine between home and MIQ.

But he says digital tracking should be used, so people adhere to it.

He says smartphone checking and electronic bracelets can help keep an eye on people.

Listen above as Neale Jones and Tim Beveridge discuss the day's news with Heather du Plessis-Allan on The Huddle