Gillian Triggs must go

The Australian Human Rights Commission is a joke. The whole body should be scrapped and the first to go should be the president of this unesteemed organisation, Gillian Triggs.

It’s clear that Ms Triggs’ assessment of what is ‘reasonable’ is a world away from the views of ordinary Australians. Hence her decision to recommend that millions of dollars compensation be paid to murderers and other criminals. It’s also clear that this woman is engaged in some kind of self-aggrandising power trip. Hence the fact that Ms Triggs has ordered compensation in almost as many cases as the four previous presidents of the Human Rights Commission combined.

This is how this situation was reported in the Australian last week:

“Australian Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs has ordered $5.9 million in compensation payments in just three years, making up more than half of all recommended payouts since 1996.

AHRC figures provided to a Senate hearing this week show that, since taking over the presidency in 2012, Professor Triggs has recommended compensation in 28 cases, almost equal to the 32 recommendations made by her four predecessors combined.”

The only good news is that this commission is a toothless tiger. At the moment, the government can ignore whatever this overpaid woman recommends. However, there can be no doubt that the Labor/Green social revolutionaries (and probably many in the Liberal Party as well) would be more than happy to alter human rights laws so that these recommendations are enforceable.

Here are just some of the recent recommendations made by Gillian Triggs or her staff:

  • 1/12/2014 – $200,000 for a person held in detention from Papua New Guinea after he was twice imprisoned for a range of criminal offences.
  • 1/12/2014 – $5,000 for a person refused employment due to numerous drink driving offences.
  • 1/12/2014 – $200,000 for a person detained after being convicted of people smuggling.
  • 1/12/2014 – $910,000 for five men involved in riots at the Villawood Immigration Detention Centre.
  • 1/12/2014 – $300,000 for a man refused citizenship and held in detention after being found guilty of fraud.

If that’s bad enough, these next two recommendations will blow you away.

In April 2013, Gillian Triggs recommended that Mehmet Ince be paid $450,000 and receive a written apology. Gillian Triggs reckons the government did the wrong thing by locking this person up after he was convicted of murder. And the report even makes it look like Ince was victim – not the person he shot dead:

“Two years after Mr Ince arrived in Australia he shot and killed a man. The victim had been drunk and aggressive and had tried to climb into Mr Ince’s car, grabbing hold of the open sunroof and hanging on as the car drove forward. Mr Ince took a gun from under his seat and fired two times up into the sunroof. Mr Ince was subsequently diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. He was sentenced to fifteen years’ imprisonment with a non-parole period of ten years.”

Then there is the case of John Basikbasik. He killed his girlfriend in 2000 and had a string of other criminal convictions dating back to 1986. His visa was then cancelled and he was kept in detention. As a result, Gillian Triggs recommended that the government pay him $350,000 in compensation.

There is a clear pattern here. The bigger the crime, the bigger the dime.

As such, the Australian Human Rights Commission should be renamed. It should be more appropriately known as the Australian Taxpayers Benefits Scheme for Foreign Criminals.

By the way, you help fork out about $18 million each year to pay for Gillian Triggs and her mates. I’m sure that doesn’t bother her at all. She’s on the record as making cold, calculated decisions that best suit her interests at the expense of others who are ‘retarded’:

Triggs’s first marriage, to Melbourne senior counsel Prof Sandy Clark, ended in 1989. They had three children; James, who is 34 and working as a commercial lawyer in Paris, Alexandra, 32, who is an art/design teacher in Melbourne, and Victoria, who was born in 1984, profoundly disabled, with a rare chromosomal disorder known as Edwards Syndrome. “Victoria was as severely retarded as anyone who is still alive can be,” Triggs says. “Her condition usually results in the death of the baby before or shortly after birth. In fact, the doctors kept saying, ‘Just leave her in the corner and she’ll die.’ So, it sounds terrible, but I’d look at Victoria and think, ‘Well, you’re going to die, so I’m not going to invest too much in you.’ But she didn’t die. She had this inner rod of determination, and she simply refused to die.”

At about six months of age, Triggs and Clark took Victoria home, and, with the help of the Uniting Church, found a family who took over her primary care. (Victoria died eight years ago, at the age of 21.) When I ask Triggs if this arrangement bothered her, she says: “Yes, because you have child and you expect to look after her. But in the end I simply made the judgement that I would rather put my time into my other children and family, because I also never believed she would live to that age.”

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President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs.


Author: Bernard Gaynor

Bernard Gaynor is a married father of eight children. He has a background in military intelligence, Arabic language and culture and is an outspoken advocate of conservative and family values.

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