Australian Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs defends giving misleading evidence to parliament

Australian Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs defends giving misleading evidence to parliament, by Rosie Lewis.

Embattled Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs says she “regrets” offending any MPs — who she has labelled “seriously ill-informed and uneducated” — as she defends giving misleading evidence to parliament.

Professor Triggs has been recalled before the legal and constitutional affairs Senate committee following revelations she gave incorrect evidence to a hearing in October after conceding she wrongly blamed journalists at The Saturday Paper for taking her “out of context” and publishing “inaccurate” quotes. …

Why she was recalled:

During questioning in a Senate estimates session in October, Professor Triggs was asked about the comments she made to The Saturday Paper’s Ramona Koval, in which she attacked ­“seriously ill-informed” and ­“uneducated” politicians who she said had “lost any sense of a rule of law” and even failed to understand the concept of a democracy.

She told the Senate some quotes from the transcript were “inaccurate” and others had been “taken out of context”.

She also said one quote — in which she said she could have “destroyed” the committee by challenging its authority — had been “put in by a sub-editor”.

But after an audio recording of the interview debunked her evidence, Professor Triggs told The Australian the article was an “accurate excerpt from a longer interview”.

If only more PC people could be made to tell the truth and be held responsible. With the media nearly always on their side, they get away with heaps. Non-PC people are held to a much higher standard.