The Gillian Triggs attack is just the tip of the iceberg. The political interference in what are meant to be independent agencies is both unacceptable and unlawful. The Australian Human Rights Commission should be able to release findings table reports and publicly comment without interference from angry Ministers. This is fundamentally what is wrong with Australia. Many of these agencies are riddled with political appointments that tow the Govt line. The reaction of Abbott and now Brandis is clearly supporting evidence. It's now on the public record that Brandis via his secretary offered Triggs another role for falling on her sword. What was the role? How often does this happen? Why does it happen? Who investigates this?
Little doubt as to the reasons for these actions. The Govt wants to control public knowledge of this type of issue. They don't want adverse publicity on human rights issues. They want sycophants in charge to ensure it. It would appear the AFP investigate this matter. I lodged a complaint with the AFP in relation to the Abbott s44.1 alleged breach. They are still allegedly investigating although I have had absolutely no contact except for an extremely late nonresponse email about a month past the time they are required to respond. Is it because it was about the Abbott Govt? These agencies are meant to be totally independent of Govt.
The Freya Newman case where charges were drafted via the attorney general's office was another example of why they shouldn't be allowed to interfere.Yet they do. They do it in clandestine ways. Yet this time, they've been sprung because Gillian Triggs has the courage of her convictions. She is also clever enough with her vast legal experience, to dodge the Abbott knives.
I hope Brandis is removed pending any investigation.I doubt it will happen with Abbott in charge.