Dec 13, 2016

Yes, world is fukt. No, Gillian Triggs is not to blame.

People are right to blame large institutions for their pain. They just happen to be blaming the least culpable.

Helen Razer — Writer and broadcaster

Helen Razer

Writer and broadcaster

You wouldn’t be Gillian Triggs today for quids and a lifetime of free bus travel, would you? The president of the Australian Human Rights Commission has been making headlines for months now, due in large and inevitable part to the fact of her doing her job. The thing that really landed her in the poo was a thing she was employed to do. The release of her report on children in detention, one critical of ALP policy, was irrationally seen as pro-ALP. It was also irrationally seen as the sort of work that the HRC just shouldn’t do. Which was peculiar. Not so long ago, one of her predecessors delivered a similar report on kids, which you’d presume to be the world’s most apolitical population, and this was not perceived as dangerous. But Triggs is seen as dangerously political.

Just how Triggs has come to be seen as “left” or in any way partisan is, in one sense, astounding. She helms a liberal institution that does what liberal institutions have long done. For centuries in Western democracies, we’ve agreed that our societies are imperfect and that laws must be made and upheld to address such imperfection. Human Rights, in particular, have been seen as inviolable; the right to rights is above mere politics, as Philip Ruddock’s commitment to this liberal belief made plain.

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18 thoughts on “Yes, world is fukt. No, Gillian Triggs is not to blame.

  1. Itsarort

    Triggs got my Crikey Person of the Year. You don’t have to look too deep to see how resilient this woman has been in the face of adversary. Well done Gillian.

  2. Robert Smith

    The way I remember it the govt released her report at the latest possible time they were required to. They had lots of time to consider how to respond – a brief press release disagreeing would have done and it would have been quickly forgotten like all the others but they chose to go after the person and persist on and on. One of my sources of disappointment with Turnbull is that he did not call off the dogs when he took over. The boys must have their sport.

  3. Reverend Owen

    Perhaps this “failure to communicate” is just a reluctance to stoop to the squalid bickering of the electric circus. She always strikes me as a model of courage, grace and eloquence.

  4. jmendelssohn

    Triggs spent her adult life working at university and in the law with some of the best minds of her generation. Then she had to deal with the Senate…

  5. klewso

    Surely it’s the case that what renders one “left” is ‘someone not of their Conservative Magic Circle Club having the temerity to crititcise them in public’ – ie bringing their infallibility into question?
    For those within their T-P, micturating on one another – that’s perfectly All Right?

  6. Saugoof

    Her treatment by NewsCorp and much of the government seems quite text book. Create something, more or less out of thin air, that you can be outraged about, then proceed to be endlessly outraged. It doesn’t matter whether what you’re getting outraged about either doesn’t exist or has been (purposely) misinterpreted just to give you a target. See political correctness, Gender Studies, Gillian Triggs, Duncan Storrar, Zaky Mallah, refugees, etc.

  7. 2bobsworth

    Murdoch wins, Australia loses.

  8. old greybearded one

    The other thing Bullfrog Brandis can’t take is ability. I am sick of these scum and scum is all they are. I would love to see the squawking and squarking if they were locked up with no rights.

  9. Dog's Breakfast

    It isn’t about women, but it does mean that the sights are more firmly focussed when one is in charge. I give you NSW ICAC. A tremendous force for good, undermined by the party that established it for decades, ultimately done down by some sloppy work and a belligerent female Crown Prosecutor, and a seething group of dickheads found to be corrupt, which every pub conversation had long since called corrupt. Just happens that a woman was at the helm at the time.

    I see it as a breaking down of anything that gets in the way of the rightards, truth being one of the latter victims. All institutions must die, except ours!

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