Professor Gillian Triggs is President of the Australian Human Rights Commission and also a member of the Advisory Committee of the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at the University of NSW.
In response to the attacks on Professor Triggs and the Commission’s recent report on children in immigration detention* by some media and by some Federal Government politicians, fellow members of the Advisory Committee have published a statement in support of Professor Triggs.
In part, the Statement declares that “(p)arliamentarians and media commentators who resort to ad hominem attacks – instead of debating the merits of the commission’s report on Children in Detention – degrade the country’s political system”.
Read the full statement here.
Update: In an address to the House of Representatives on February 23, Melissa Parke MP (Labor) responded to PM Abbott’s claim that the publication of the report, The Forgotten Children, was “a blatantly partisan politicised exercise and the Human Rights Commission ought to be ashamed of itself”.
Melissa Parke described PM Abbott’s claim as “an absurd and despicable attack on a respected public institution and is part of a calculated campaign against the head of the Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs, whose qualifications and character are beyond reproach. It is we the political class who should be ashamed of ourselves—all of us.”
Read Melissa Parke’s address here.
* The full report of the Human Rights Commission, entitled The Forgotten Children, National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention 2014, can be found here. While the Abbott government received the report in November 2014, the report was only tabled in the parliament on February 11, 2015. Read the Human Rights Commission’s response to the release of the report here and Prof Triggs’ comments here.