And the winner of Liberty Victoria’s 2017 award for freedom of speech is …… Gillian Triggs!
Triggs said she was “honoured” to receive the award and congratulated the other winners in a statement that referenced the controversy over section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, which the government attempted to water down.
Equivalent to giving Saudi Arabia the feminist human rights award
Triggs, who has been consistently criticised by the Abbott and Turnbull governments for her condemnation of Australia’s treatment of refugees, was named the 2017 recipient of the Voltaire award by Liberty Victoria on Tuesday for her “courageous stand on people’s rights”. (Her people would not be the Australian people.)
How perverse. How fucking perverse! *&^%$#@!
ROWAN DEAN ON GILLIAN TRIGG’S “FREE SPEECH” AWARD
Don’t miss this: Rowan Dean goes to town over the sickest of sick jokes. Liberty Victoria has actually given its Voltaire award for free speech to … Gillian Triggs, president of the Human Rights Commission and persecutor of Bill Leak and innocent university students.
Australian universities, where mendacity meets mediocrity
Did you know that our “genocidal history” is even worse than that of Nazi Germany? Come as a surprise, does it? If that it happens to be the case there is a safe assumption to be made: you haven’t been studying at one of our Australian university where mendacity meets mediocrity
Choose the West and avoid cultural cowardice, Abbott urges
Abdel-Magied: “an over-promoted, politically correct 26-year-old”.
Rosie Lewis/ The Australian
Tony Abbott has urged his Liberal Party colleagues to place themselves “firmly on the side of Western civilisation”, as he said Yassmin Abdel-Magied’s Anzac Day Facebook post reflected a “cultural cowardice” that had infiltrated our institutions.
The former prime minister said voters were not happy with their political leaders and the “gulf between insiders and outsiders” was as big as ever, but embracing Western values would “help” the party.
Unlike a speech he made in February in which he declared the Coalition was at risk of a “drift to defeat”, Mr Abbott’s address to the West Australian Liberal Party tonight was largely free of criticisms of the Turnbull government.
Mr Abbott praised Malcolm Turnbull’s recent emphasis on Australian values in the proposed new citizenship test and the government’s push to remove the words “offend” and “insult” from section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.
“The modern world is unimaginable without the legacy of Western civilisation,” Mr Abbott said.
“It will help the Liberal Party if we place ourselves firmly on the side of Western civilisation against its critics, and of Australian values against the politically correct wreckers and cynics. But we shouldn’t do so to win elections; we should do so because it’s right.
“If you are an Australian, you have to believe in Australia.”
He said “all too often” Australians were hostile towards their country and its values, including part-time ABC host and Muslim activist Abdel-Magied.
Government MPs have called on the ABC and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to sack the 26-year-old from the national broadcaster and a government board, run by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, after she wrote: “Lest. We. Forget (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine).”
“Why is it that only some opinions get you sacked, or investigated by the Human Rights Commission?” he said.
“An over-promoted, politically correct 26-year-old is merely the symptom of the cultural cowardice that’s penetrated to the very heart of our institutions. While officialdom wrings its hands in nervous self-doubt about anything that might be labelled anti-youth, anti-women, anti-black or, perhaps worst of all, anti-Muslim, Australians show what they think of our country’s knockers by turning out in ever-increasing numbers and ever-greater enthusiasm on Anzac Day.”
Mr Abbott also lashed the left of politics, insisting it was now the conservatives who “best represented” working families.
“When it’s not making excuses for militant unions or welfarism, Labor is consumed by the green left’s theology of climate change and identity. The one senior Labor figure still demonstrative about making it better to work for a living is Mark Latham who’s now more welcome at Liberal Party meetings than Labor ones,” he said.
1/ Tony Abbott says voters are not happy with their political leaders. Picture: Kym Smith.
2/ Abbott on Abdel-Magied: “an over-promoted, politically correct 26-year-old”.
The Tyranny of Julia Gillard continues to plague us. Many wonder why Gillian Triggs remained silent on the cause of refugees until Abbott crushed the ALP at the Polls. Pure and Simple, it was Julia Gillard who hand picked and appointed Triggs to the AHRC. Now A feral left disgraceful socialist outfit purporting to advocate LIBERTY has awarded Gillian Triggs with the Free Speech award. The award is a pathetic Joke, Triggs is one of the most anti free speech delinquents we have ever been cursed to. Awarding her the prize is akin to awarding a Pedophile the child advocate award of the year.
Outgoing Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs, who defended widely condemned 18C actions against Queensland university students and the late cartoonist Bill Leak, is to receive a “free speech prize” from a civil liberties group.
Liberty Victoria has bestowed Professor Triggs with its Voltaire Award for “her courageous stand on people’s rights, especially free speech.” News of the award drew angry comment from Bill Leak’s son Johannes and Tony Abbott, who claimed Professor Triggs was the “absolute arch enemy of free speech in this country”.
In July Professor Triggs will share the stage at a gala award function in Melbourne with Georgie Stone, Liberty Victoria’s first recipient of its Young Voltaire Award for becoming, at age 10, “the youngest person in Australia to be granted permission by a court to take hormone blockers, the first stage of medical treatment for transgender children.”
Professor Triggs has engaged in a long-running ideological war with the Coalition, with Attorney-General George Brandis and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton, among other ministers, calling for her resignation over her attacks on the government’s offshore asylum-seeker detention policy on Manus Island and Nauru.
In a statement, Liberty Victoria praised Ms Triggs for “her fearless work in pursuit of people’s rights, and her courage and persistence under extraordinary pressure.”
Liberty Victoria heralded Professor Triggs’ comment that “it is important that we teach our children to be strong and to speak out for the values that are important to them. At the same time, it is important that we have legal protections in place where people are silenced by hate speech or don’t have the power to speak back.”
On Sky TV tonight Bill Leak’s son Johannes said he was “baffled and disgusted” at the award.
“I got the call from my stepmum, who delivered the news in tears. She had to pull over the car when she heard it first on the radio so you can imagine how it’s made everybody feel,” he said.
“But I don’t lose sight of the fact that at the end of the day it’s an irrelevant organisation awarding a prize to the head of a completely unnecessary outfit, but a dangerous one, and everything about this is back-to-front.
“You’ve got somebody being heralded as a champion of free speech: nobody’s done more over the last few years to quash freedom of speech in this country (than Professor Triggs) and my father wore it along with the QUT students and we all know what happened.”
Mr Leak said those who awarded the prize “knew exactly when they did this how this would make us feel and how this would send a message to us”.
“It just goes to show how utterly backwards their idea, their whole notion of what free speech actually is.”
In 2013, Prof Triggs was the subject of a profile piece in a Fairfax newspaper in which she openly spoke about her late daughter, Victoria, who was born in 1984 with the debilitating chromosomal disorder, Edwards syndrome. “Victoria was as severely retarded as anyone who is still alive can be,” Prof Triggs said. “It sounds terrible, but I’d look at Victoria and think: ‘Well, you’re going to die, so I’m not going to invest too much in you’.” When Victoria was six months old, Prof Triggs and her then partner handed the baby’s care over to another family until the girl died, many years later, aged 21. Prof Triggs justified their decision thus: “I simply made the judgment that I would rather put my time into my other children and family, because I also never believed she would live to that age.”