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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.


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.


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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!

  10. Pamela

    Gillian Triggs has been grossly maligned and attacked by those who do not hold with human rights. Pursuing and defending human rights in this country is a sure fire route to hell in this country. Heading the organisation created to defend those rights puts the person at risk. Vigorously defending those rights means character assassination of the highest order.
    ” The Last Resort Report” by a previous commissioner also investigated the conditions of children in detention. The difference was that the commissioner was male and one of their own- a conservative member of the Right. Therein lies his survival. He played the game by quietly releasing his report after dark in forums in capital cities when journos were quaffing before bed.
    I attended the only afternoon forum in Melbourne. A closed invitation, no media affair at a church building with Women and children from the Woomera camp. It was to explain the report to those reported upon.
    An uncomfortable silence entered the room when an 11 year old Iraqi girl stood up and asked the Commissioner directly – “why is no one to blame for what they did to us?”
    She then said words to the effect of
    You know what they did – you told everyone in this report but you do nothing about it.A child’s view can be disturbing and it was.
    The present Commissioner stood steadfastly behind this latest report. The contents devastating and disturbing. To the politicians dedicated to Deter and Deny- providing evidence of the harm done to children was cause for assassination.

  11. MAC TEZ

    After all the crap GT has had thrown her way by News Corpse , shithead shock jocks and the LNP she’d be relieved to find Helz here merely sees her as a crap communicator on par with HRC. I wouldn’t blame GT if she was driven to downing a few G&Ts of late.

    1. Helen Razer

      I don’t say at all that this is only how I see Triggs. I just mention that there are some minor reasons that she has been dismissed (and she is genuinely very bad at media, which is unfortunate as being reasonable at it is now part of the job to be able to firmly articulate what the job is) before restating what the major one is.

      1. MAC TEZ

        I didn’t say you did ! By “merely sees her…etc.” I meant compared to all the other shite GT’s had thrown her way of late, your only criticism is that she’s crap at media (but provide just one example in the Saturday Paper and a Hillary link). I get that dealing with media is a part of the job but GT’s gig is the HRC not co-host of Sunrise. GT recently sold-out a speaking gig in my neck of the woods to great reviews and when I’ve heard her speak I didn’t find her haughty or inept.

  12. 2bobsworth

    Yes, world is fukd.Brexit was fukd. Hilary was fukd. Triggs was fukd. All accepted Media Violence!
    In Oz, the UK and the US it is a familiar product of media character assassination from Murdoch Media. Watch the highly informative “Outfoxed” documentary free on YouTube and you will see the machine like poisoning of the character of Murdoch’s political competitors. The replacement of News with “some people say” “opinions from his lobyist” shock jocks is relentless until the sheeple are all bahh dahh bahhring the same refrain. The results are in. Facts are fukd.

  13. 2bobsworth

    We really have to talk about MDMV.
    Murdoch Domestic Media Violence

  14. Northy

    Terrific article. The thing that is most impressive is that Gillian Triggs is still standing defiantly in the face of relentless News Corp bullying. She hasn’t gone. What a brilliant role model for all those decent public (and even private) officials and citizens who will come under attack by Murdoch’s vicious rags in the future, particularly women.


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