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Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
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Was an inducement offered to get Gillian Triggs, the Human Rights Commissioner, to resign?

I was going to write asking why aren’t the Australian Federal Police investigating if Attorney General George Brandis and the head of his department, Chris Moraitis,  have breached the criminal code, for example , by offering “a benefit, or the promise of the provision of a benefit … with the intention of influencing a public official”. This arises after testimony today by Gillian Triggs, reported by Lenore Taylor in the Guardian that, according to Triggs:

… Moraitis asked for her resignation, on behalf of Brandis, and offered her “other work with the government”. She said there was no doubt the resignation request and the work offer “were linked” and she considered the proposal “disgraceful” because the Human Rights Commission is an independent statutory authority.

It appears the Labor Party has beaten me to it. According to Lenore Taylor and Daniel Hurst in The Guardian:

Labor has formally asked the Australian federal police [AFP] to investigate whether the job offer made on behalf of the attorney general, George Brandis, to the Human Rights Commission president, Gillian Triggs, was an inducement that constitutes “corrupt and unlawful conduct.”

If or when the AFP refuses to investigate, or finds no breach, can we mount a private prosecution? And if the meeting took place in Canberra, can the ACT Attorney General, and Labor Party Deputy Chief Minister, Simon Corbell, launch a prosecution?



Comment from Leo Lane
Time February 25, 2015 at 9:05 pm

You remind me of the private prosecution that was launched against Whitlam and his fellow miscreants. The prosecution failed, and a hefty costs order was sustained by the person who put their name to the prosecution, ultimately resulting in their bankruptcy. So find someone to launch the proceedings who will not mind going bankrupt, if the action fails

Comment from John
Time February 26, 2015 at 7:08 am

Good point Leo. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. Let’s see first what comes out of the AFP investigation.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time February 26, 2015 at 7:46 am

I think the government is co-operating in winding up all of the do-gooders to achieve longer term UN goals, while the short term goal is to improve Tony Abbott’s popularity with the electorate. Out in the community, there is little support for asylum seekers, especially at a time when it is very difficult for Australians to get jobs, and existing jobs are being taken by visa holders who are often being paid less (thereby being used to drive down wages).