Abbott Govt Attack on Gillian Triggs Backfires
I watched the Senate Estimates hearing into the HRC report yesterday and it was an absolute disgrace.. LNP thugs Ian Macdonald and Barry O’Sullivan just looked like archaic misogynistic boofheads desperate for a “gotcha moment”(which never eventuated) with O’Sullivan quipping “I thought you might like to hear from a man for a change” after Triggs faced questions from Penny Wong and Sarah Hanson Young.
Even Brandis, in his own unique pompous and self-satisfying style thought he was on to a good thing until Triggs gently rolled a hand grenade in his direction with the revelation that his sidekick Moriarty had offered her a plum job if she agreed to resign as President of the HRC.
Of course, Brandis was the architect behind this initiative, no doubt designed to eliminate Triggs from the investigation into Children in Detention and have the report shelved, however he had the good sense to despatch Moriarty to do his bidding.
The plot quickly unravelled with Brandis clearly rattled at having come up with some explanation as to how he thought that Triggs was both incompetent, yet worthy of being offered a top legal job somewhere else. It was Monty Python material.
Moriarty enjoyed his own Godwin Gretch moment, with Brandis giving him enough rope to hang himself, at once attempting to explain that he had kept notes, but then hadn’t kept notes. Apparently there were notes. He just hadn’t kept them.
Ian Macdonald was clearly out of his depth, readily admitting that he hadn’t read the report yet here he was chairing an investigation into its contents. On several occasions he attempted to have Sarah Hanson Young and Penny Wong ejected from the hearing – a manoeuvre they both rejected after politely informing him that he had no jurisdiction to make. In other words “get fucked.”
Throughout the entire sorry ordeal Gillian Triggs remained polite and dignified which simply made the LNP grunts look more desperate and Neanderthalic.
So the net result of this seven hour hearing that was designed to destroy Triggs’ reputation is that the AFP have been called in to investigate whether the job offer was an illegal inducement.
It would be fair to say it was a complete disaster for the LNP however you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise from the subsequent reports in the mainstream media.