ROWAN DEAN ON GILLIAN TRIGG’S “FREE SPEECH” AWARD
‘She’s been the enemy of free speech, the absolute arch enemy of free speech in the country,’ he told Sydney radio 2GB host Ben Fordham on Wednesday.
‘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.’
Giving the Voltaire award to Gillian Triggs is an act of evil genius… This announcement by Liberty Victoria actually rewards Triggs for the way she has used the power of the state to quash free speech.
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.
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.”