Despite repeated scandals and major lapses in judgement, the Australian Human Rights Commission has gained an additional 5 staff over the last year according to Budget papers.
The increase in the average staffing level, costing around half a million dollars, comes despite claims of a $248,000 reduction in the Commission’s budget.
“This expansion to the nation’s politically correct thought police is somewhat troubling and I am concerned that the Commission will now have added capacity to dream up new ways to limit free speech and impose themselves into people’s living rooms,” Senator Abetz said.
“Taxpayers deserve to know what the Commission’s 116 staff, that they fund through their taxes, especially when cases like the infamous QUT case took some four years to work its way through the system.”
“I’ll be seeking to fully examine the need for this dramatic expansion and continue to explore ways that the size of government can be decreased,” Senator Abetz concluded.