Once more unto the breach: another attack on the Australian Human Rights Commission

In its edition of 27 January 2015 The Australian newspaper continued its attack on the Australian Human Rights Commission and its President, Professor Gillian Triggs, in yet another article(1) authored by its Legal Affairs Editor, Chris Merritt, supplemented by an editorial on the subject.(2)

AHRCentre Chair Andrew Byrnes argues that the role of a body such as the Australian Human Rights Commission should properly be the subject of public interest and informed debate. But the coverage provided by The Australian and this latest one‐sided recounting of a dispute over interpretation, without any substantive consideration of the arguments on the other side, does a major disservice to informed discussion of an important public institution. 

 

Read the full document by Prof Byrnes here.

 

Access the AHRC's report: KA, KB, KC and KD v Commonwealth of Australia

 

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1) Chris Merritt, “Human rights chief in spotlight”, The Australian, 27 January 2015, p 5.    The first five paragraphs of the article were also carried on p 1 of the print edition under the title “Triggs warned over her regard of foreign rulings”.

2) Editorial, “Human Rights chief in spotlight’, The Australian, 27 January 2015, p 11.