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Has Tony Abbott attempted to pervert the course of a police investigation?

According to Ben Doherty in The Guardian today (Thursday 26 February):

The Australian federal police has confirmed it is investigating whether the attorney general, George Brandis, broke the law by offering the Human Rights Commission president, Gillian Triggs, a job in exchange for her resignation, but Tony Abbott has said there was no impropriety.


At a media conference in Sydney on Wednesday, the prime minister insisted there was nothing untoward about the approach.

“Calm, calm, calm,” Abbott told reporters.

“I’ll address this [question and] then it’s time to go back to Canberra and it’s very simple. It’s very simple. The government has lost confidence in Gillian Triggs as president of the Human Rights Commission. We’ve lost confidence in her.

“What she does is a matter for her but as the secretary of the attorney general’s department has made clear, she was not asked to resign and no inducement has been offered.”

Given that the AFP is investigating whether Triggs was asked to resign and if an inducement was offered to get her to do so, isn’t Abbott’s categorical and unequivocal statement that ‘she was not asked to resign and no inducement has been offered’ itself possibly an attempt to pervert the course of justice? Will he too be investigated?



Comment from Leo Lane
Time February 27, 2015 at 11:30 pm

What a ridiculous comment.
Bringing out the truth, that she was not asked to resign, and no inducement was offered, supports the course of justice.
Why do you not ask whether Gillian Triggs is attempting to pervert the course of justice. Still a stupid question, but marginally less ridiculous than the one which you asked.