A petition calling for President of the Human Rights Commissions Professor Gillian Triggs to resign has gained more than 4000 signatures, but when followed to its source, it looks like the usual suspects are at work. After reports accusing Triggs of misleading parliament, the website “gilliantriggsmustresign.com” popped up, with no mention of who actually started the petition.

It looks like, though, it was started last Friday on the conservative opinion website, Menzies House, which is run by Liberal campaigner Tim Andrews.

Triggs had claimed her comments to a journalist from The Saturday Paper claiming Triggs could “destroy” parliamentarians questioning her were manufactured. The publication claimed otherwise, and Triggs backtracked. In a letter published to the parliamentary committee on Friday, Triggs said she accepts the assurances from the editor of The Saturday Paper that the quotes were accurate.

Andrews has fronted an assortment of petitions, including a recent crowdfunding campaign to help former Family First Senator Bob Day pay off the money owed by Day’s building companies. As the executive director of the Australian Taxpayer’s Alliance, Andrews has been involved in both Australian and international political advocacy. He also serves as a board member for the Australian Libertarian Society and H.R. Nicholls Society.

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