Christopher Pyne tells Gillian Triggs “stay out of politics”

After it had come to light that Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs told a journalist that she believed that some

After it had come to light that Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs told a journalist that she believed that some politicians were uneducated and ill-informed, she sent a statement to the Senate committee to “clarify her statement.”

The clarification was described via a statement from Commissioner Triggs was “I answered questions regarding the article in good faith and based on my best recollection. Upon further reflection, I accept that the article was an accurate excerpt from a longer interview,”

Now Federal Government Minister Christopher Pyne has made his feelings on the matter known. Minister Pyne told the ABC, “The Human Rights Commissioner and her position or his position should be above politics”. He then added, “I feel very disappointed that the position of Human Rights Commissioner has been politicised in this way.”

The Opposition Leader Bill Shorten believes that the Government is exploiting the situation with Commissioner Triggs. Mr Shorten said, “Now you see Gillian Triggs, who’s corrected the record at the earliest possible moment, she’s now being attacked by this Government, keen to distract from what they haven’t done this week”. He added, “What we saw this week is a shocking guns for votes swap, and now we see the finger pointing continuing on.”

While Mr Pyne wouldn’t express any confidence in Professor Triggs he’s leaving the decision of the party with the party leaders saying “Whether the Government has confidence in her or not is a matter for the Prime Minister and the Attorney-General”.

However, Mr Pyne does believe that Professor Triggs “should stay out of politics and stick with human rights.”

How do you feel about it? Do you think that the Government this situation to take the focus off themselves? Do you think that Professor Triggs should appear in front of the Senate to answer for what she has done? Or do you believe that Mr Pyne has only given an example to what she said in the first place?

  1. Dianne McCarthy  

    I agree she (Gillian Triggs) should stay out of politics. I can see that her position might often throw up big temptations to try and change laws but she has been employed by the government to look at matters and try to find an answer, not to do it all herself.

  2. Kerry  

    Human rights ARE politics. I suggest that when Gillian Triggs is criticised it’s because they don’t want to face what the rest of the world knows about Australia, that is, we are in breach of every human rights convention we have previously agreed to. We are refusing to accept responsibility for the welfare of people we have off loaded to other well compensated countries leaving them unaccountable. We believe that people who have been accepted as refugees should live the rest of their lives in situations we wouldn’t even camp in. It’s a life sentence for escaping death and torture from their previous country. Dutton, Brandis and Pyne are an embarrassment to a great majority of us who would like see a more humane face presented to the world.

    • Bruce  

      Genuine refugees would go to the nearest country of asylum and then apply to go to a country of their choice, not travel through several different countries to arrive at the one they think will provide the best financial result for them. The real problem is why people have to leave their country at all, if the United Nations was doing it’s job the way it was intended the superpowers would be joining forces to eliminate despots and terrorist regimes so everyone could live safely and happily in their own country and have productive jobs and fulfilling lives.

      • You obviously don’t understand why they are fleeing their countries. So would you like to live in Aleppo? Even the United Nations is being denied access to bring aid to these people. They are desperate & in fear of their lives.

  3. Ray Beattie  

    She might have hit a nerve by saying that! Or did she mean over educated, that hadn’t got a clue?

  4. colin  

    welcome to the Australian Dictatorship. The solicitor general, human right commissioner, who is next?

  5. Dieter  

    Gillian Trigg should stick with her job description.
    We should rather look to clean our house before we try to clean someone else’s backyard.
    According to the last issue of the weekend west newspaper we have more than enough children living on our streets. Why is she not raising this problem for once?
    What about our homeless, waiting times for surgery or just to get an appointment to see an specialist.
    Our children here in WA waiting 8.4 month to be assessed and there are 10748 of them.
    For adults the waiting time increased from 14728 to 21983 within the last 12 month to June.
    Where is the lucky county gone? I read and hear always Australia first Australia best but in my books these times are long gone.

    If there is a problem and I mean a real problem with the refugees at Nauru etc we should first compare what needs to needs to be done inhouse before we look otherwise.

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