Professor Croucher is a legal academic who has held senior positions at Sydney University and been published widely. She is highly regarded and not considered overtly political or ideological.
Her task will be to take the AHRC off the front pages, restore its credibility and ensure it focuses on its core tasks rather than major public debates.
However, after conducting a report for the ALRC, Professor Croucher has expressed her support for reform of the controversial Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.
“While recognising the need for racial vilification laws, the ALRC has concluded that section 18C may be too broad,” she wrote for The Australian in 2016, “because it can capture conduct that “offends” people on the basis of their race. “Offence” may be too low a threshold.”
Too bad Augusto Zimmermann didn’t get the job — would have been an interesting restorative after the Triggs debacle.
hat-tip Stephen Neil