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Jul 26th, 2017 at 2:07pm
 
Gillian Triggs: Australian government 'ideologically opposed to human rights'


In her last week as human rights commissioner, Triggs says human rights are ‘regressing on almost every front’

Gillian Triggs has accused the Australian government of being “ideologically opposed to human rights”, saying Australia’s human rights are “regressing on almost every front”.

Triggs has used the last week of her tenure as human rights commissioner to say human rights in Australia were going backwards for almost all relevant groups. “Whether it’s women, Indigenous, homeless and most of course asylum seekers and refugees,” she told ABC Radio National on Wednesday morning.

Triggs said the Coalition government held some responsibility for the regression. “I think it’s partly because we have a government that is ideologically opposed to human rights,” she said.

“Mr Abbott, when he campaigned for government, one of those campaign platforms was the elimination of the Australian Human Rights Commission. So in that sense it was part of the platform and it’s been maintained pretty well ever since.”

Triggs also blamed the slipping of human rights in Australia on the lack of a legal protection of rights – a bill of rights – that would ensure governments could not act counter to human rights.

“Unlike almost every other comparable country Australia has no bill of rights against which government policies can be benchmarked,” Triggs said.

“As there is no bill of rights, the courts are very very hamstrung in standing up for human rights.”

She said the fear of terrorism was being exploited to centralise government power “giving ministers really unprecedented power without the supervision of the court.”

She said Australia had produced more counterterrorism legislation than North America and Europe, and since there was no bill of rights in Australia, those measures were not necessarily consistent with fundamental human rights.

Her time in the role was marked by fierce clashes with the Coalition government. She dismissed claims that she acted in a partisan way, instead blaming the government for framing issues that way.

“Firstly I categorically reject any suggestion that we acted in a political way,” she said.

“There is no doubt at all however that rather than take on the substantive factual and legal points that we were making the government decided it was better to attack us on political grounds,” she said.

“I do of course accept that that was the perception created not only by government members but by a major newspaper in Australia.”

She said she had no regrets and was very proud of what the Human Rights Commission achieved under her leadership, with a “miniscule” budget of just $14m.

“I believe we have done a terrific job. We have stuck to the facts. We know the facts are right. We know the law is right. We are very proud that. I think there are no regrets and I very much hope that in the future the commission can continue to be fearless in standing up for the rights of Australians.”


https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/jul/26/gillian-triggs-australian...
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Reply #1 - Jul 26th, 2017 at 7:00pm
 
Gillian Triggs no less. Wow.
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Reply #2 - Jul 26th, 2017 at 7:06pm
 


Since we have never had more than one or two, I don't see what the stupid moll is on about.


Everything you deluded cretins think is one of our 'human rights' is actually a government controlled, like 'free speech for instance, (yes I get the irony of this post too) privilege or obligation. So don't be all whiney when they get removed or you lose something you used to have.


The exception is religious scum have pretty much a right to do what ever their religion tells them to and that is some pretty sick sh1t, for sure.





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Reply #3 - Jul 26th, 2017 at 7:12pm
 
mothra wrote on Jul 26th, 2017 at 2:07pm:
“Unlike almost every other comparable country Australia has no bill of rights against which government policies can be benchmarked,” Triggs said.


That's right because Australia's political system is based on the tradition of 'parliamentary supremacy', which means that the Parliament is supreme above anything else. The Judiciary cannot dictate to the Parliament what it can and can't do.

mothra wrote on Jul 26th, 2017 at 2:07pm:
“As there is no bill of rights, the courts are very very hamstrung in standing up for human rights.”


The last thing we want is the High Court ruling on human rights. They've already whipped one right out of thin air; if we have a bill of rights, then they'll go out of control. Just look at the US Supreme Court.

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Reply #4 - Jul 26th, 2017 at 7:14pm
 
Auggie wrote on Jul 26th, 2017 at 7:12pm:
mothra wrote on Jul 26th, 2017 at 2:07pm:
“Unlike almost every other comparable country Australia has no bill of rights against which government policies can be benchmarked,” Triggs said.


That's right because Australia's political system is based on the tradition of 'parliamentary supremacy', which means that the Parliament is supreme above anything else. The Judiciary cannot dictate to the Parliament what it can and can't do.

mothra wrote on Jul 26th, 2017 at 2:07pm:
“As there is no bill of rights, the courts are very very hamstrung in standing up for human rights.”


The last thing we want is the High Court ruling on human rights. They've already whipped one right out of thin air; if we have a bill of rights, then they'll go out of control. Just look at the US Supreme Court.




So privileges and obligations it is then.


It helps that people are too fkken stupid to realise they are being fkked by the government, so easy peasy.


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Reply #5 - Jul 26th, 2017 at 7:18pm
 
BigOl64 wrote on Jul 26th, 2017 at 7:14pm:
Auggie wrote on Jul 26th, 2017 at 7:12pm:
mothra wrote on Jul 26th, 2017 at 2:07pm:
“Unlike almost every other comparable country Australia has no bill of rights against which government policies can be benchmarked,” Triggs said.


That's right because Australia's political system is based on the tradition of 'parliamentary supremacy', which means that the Parliament is supreme above anything else. The Judiciary cannot dictate to the Parliament what it can and can't do.

mothra wrote on Jul 26th, 2017 at 2:07pm:
“As there is no bill of rights, the courts are very very hamstrung in standing up for human rights.”


The last thing we want is the High Court ruling on human rights. They've already whipped one right out of thin air; if we have a bill of rights, then they'll go out of control. Just look at the US Supreme Court.




So privileges and obligations it is then.


It helps that people are too fkken stupid to realise they are being fkked by the government, so easy peasy.




Oh yes, BigOl, because I'm feeling so oppressed by the Ausralian Government.....

Oh my.....
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Reply #6 - Jul 26th, 2017 at 7:20pm
 
How can you live with yourself living in such an oppressive country?

If Australia is so bad, why don't you piss off with your mate Yassmin and go live in KSA which is such an enlightened progressive place.  Grin Grin Grin
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Reply #7 - Jul 26th, 2017 at 7:21pm
 
We have the right to allow who we want and stop those we dont want.

No 1 on the list of dont want......muzzos
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SUCH A WONDERFUL DREAM
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Reply #8 - Jul 26th, 2017 at 7:22pm
 
Gordon wrote on Jul 26th, 2017 at 7:20pm:
How can you live with yourself living in such an oppressive country?

If Australia is so bad, why don't you piss off with your mate Yassmin and go live in KSA which is such an enlightened progressive place.  Grin Grin Grin


I was being sarcastic.
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Reply #9 - Jul 26th, 2017 at 7:28pm
 
Auggie wrote on Jul 26th, 2017 at 7:22pm:
Gordon wrote on Jul 26th, 2017 at 7:20pm:
How can you live with yourself living in such an oppressive country?

If Australia is so bad, why don't you piss off with your mate Yassmin and go live in KSA which is such an enlightened progressive place.  Grin Grin Grin


I was being sarcastic.


Directed at the author of the OP, or the OP if they feel so deeply about it Smiley
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Reply #10 - Jul 26th, 2017 at 7:47pm
 
And once again, Triggs nails it.
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Reply #11 - Jul 26th, 2017 at 8:01pm
 
mothra wrote on Jul 26th, 2017 at 2:07pm:
Gillian Triggs: Australian government 'ideologically opposed to human rights'


In her last week as human rights commissioner, Triggs says human rights are ‘regressing on almost every front’

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/jul/26/gillian-triggs-australian...


Yes, of course it is. That's why this government has significantly increased its refugee intake. Oh, I know. She's getting herself mixed up. She's obviously referring to the Rudd/Gillard/Rudd2.0 governments, under which more than 1,500 people perished at sea - women and children included. This idiotic woman doesn't have a leg to stand on to be taken seriously, given her many seriously flawed decisions while suckling at the tit of taxpayers. Thank goodness we don't have to pay her any longer! Smiley
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Reply #12 - Jul 26th, 2017 at 8:03pm
 
Kat wrote on Jul 26th, 2017 at 7:47pm:
And once again, Triggs nails it.


Sure has. This is her and her own coffin...

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Reply #13 - Jul 26th, 2017 at 8:04pm
 
Of course the old charlatan fails to mention the bursting-at-the seams detention centres and the Indian Ocean drown-athon of the Rudd/Gillard/Rudd years. How humane of her!
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Reply #14 - Jul 26th, 2017 at 8:05pm
 
Sorry, AP! I just copied your argument.
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