Triggs should withdraw from Bob Brown fundraiser or resign

Human Rights Commission President Gillian Triggs should either withdraw from speaking at a fundraising event for the highly political Bob Brown Foundation scheduled in Hobart on 30 March 2017 or resign.

Professor Triggs is slated to address the $50 per person fundraising event on the topic of Fighting for our rights – a ‘fair go Australia’ - an event which appears to contradict the Public Service Code of Conduct.

“For a senior public official like Professor Triggs to attend a blatant fundraising event for a left-wing political action group like the Bob Brown Foundation just displays once again a very poor level of judgement,” Senator Abetz said today.

"Professor Triggs is paid more than $400,000 each year by the taxpayer and is expected to be impartial. If Professor Triggs won't withdraw then she should resign."

“There is no doubt that Dr Brown still has very deep links to the Australian Greens and that this event could in no way be impartial. As head of the HRC, she should be reconsidering her position.”

“People should have confidence that in her decision making she will not favour one side of politics or one group over another and by headlining an actual fundraiser like this she’s clearly showing her true colour.”

"Between awarding compensation to a wife killer, looking into children in detention several years too late, dragging four university students before tribunals and courts for four years just to be found innocent over a Facebook post, misleading journalists and Parliamentary Committees and now this blatant political activism – you’ve got to wonder if we could do any worse.”

“The Australian people deserve better than this continued saga,” Senator Abetz concluded.

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Eric Abetz has been a Liberal Senator for Tasmania since 1994 and has served in a range of Leadership, Ministerial and Shadow Ministerial roles.

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