12 Dec 2016

Gillian Triggs is still holding on, and her reward is continuing torment | Mark Dreyfus | Opinion | The Guardian

The inability to handle criticism is always a sign of utmost weakness. That is as true for government as it is for people.

It’s why the hatred this government shows for independent statutory officers who question its authority should be especially troubling.

There have been several unedifying examples that have emerged over the past year alone. Just recall president of the Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs, former solicitor general Justin Gleeson, and former head of the department of agriculture Paul Grimes.

Today, Gillian Triggs will be called back to appear in front of coalition senators – the government having decided that seven-and-a-half hours of grilling at the last estimates hearing in October was insufficient. Who knows how long she will be subjected to belligerent questioning during today’s hearing.


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Let’s not pretend here.

Triggs is not being recalled so that further facts of any matter can be established. It is simply another step in the coalition’s campaign, led by senators Ian MacDonald and Barry O’Sullivan, to harm her because they do not like what she stands for.

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