Triggs’ free speech award absurd, by Chris Kenny.
Giving the Voltaire award to Gillian Triggs is an act of evil genius that completely deforms the meaning of the French philosopher’s most famous edict.
This announcement by Liberty Victoria actually rewards Triggs for the way she has used the power of the state to quash free speech.
Voltaire’s sentiment was: “I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.”
Triggs has used the full force of the law and her Australian Human Rights Commission bureaucracy to silence and intimidate those who express views she and her cohort find unpalatable. Surely Voltaire would not fight to the death to see his most famous principle disfigured in this way.
This is the ultimate sellout of the human rights crowd. Triggs is lauded not for adhering to their lofty principles but for being on the right side of their partisan political debates.
‘She’s been the enemy of free speech, the absolute arch enemy of free speech in the country. … It cannot be taken seriously, anything that couples the name Gillian Triggs with free speech.’
‘She’s paid half a million bucks a year to trample on people’s free speech so I think it’s just a joke that this award is going to her.’
hat-tip Stephen Neil