The Bolt Report: How Gillian Triggs defended Yassmin Abdel-Magied, sliming her critics as racist. And why that shows her Human Rights Commission is a menace and must be scrapped.
Yassmin outcry ‘shows racism on rise’
Obsessed and deranged
Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs has savaged critics of ABC presenter Yassmin Abdel-Magied’s Anzac Day Facebook post, highlighting the outcry as an example of increased racism against Muslims.
Professor Triggs also attacked Malcolm Turnbull’s proposed changes to the citizenship test, arguing that tougher English language requirements were “problematic” and could be open to abuse and lead to discrimination.
She told a packed house at the Melbourne Town Hall last night that Ms Abdel-Magied’s Facebook post was a “relatively minor incident” and that her freedom of speech was constrained.
“The recent example of a growing intolerance of demonising Muslims generally has been the controversy of a Facebook comment on Anzac Day by Abdel-Magied, a hijab-wearing Muslim woman,” Professor Triggs said at an event hosted by the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria.
“She drew attention to the plight of the detainees on Manus and Nauru and the refugees in Syria and Palestine.
“Despite a speedy apology from her, to what she said was a disrespectful comment on this important day of remembrance, this relatively minor incident has been used to demand the removal of Abdel-Magied from the Council of the Australian-Arab Relations, to constrain the right of freedom of speech and to demand that as an Australian resident since she was a child she should return to Sudan, her country of origin.”
Professor Triggs has been a long-time critic of the government’s offshore asylum-seeker policies and has drawn controversy over the commission’s pursuit of Queensland University of Technology students and Bill Leak, the late cartoonist with The Australian, over 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.
She lauded Foreign Minister Julie Bishop for resisting calls to sack Ms Abdel-Magied from the Australian-Arab council.
“It is very encouraging that (Ms Bishop) has not succumbed to this kind of abuse,” she said.
“This single incident, however, clearly touched some raw nerves. The head scarf has become a lightning rod for attacking Muslim women. The incident also prompted further ritual attacks on the independence of the ABC and the populist nationalist language has emerged that we ‘should put Australia first’.”
Professor Triggs said she was worried about a rise in nationalist rhetoric from political leaders and about proposed changes to citizenship tests.
She said that the best way to promote Australian values was not to include more questions in citizenship tests but to enshrine them in a bill of rights.
“It is perfectly reasonable to articulate our national values but to recite what we already know and believe in is not good enough,” she said.
“It may be reasonable to require a few years residency in Australia as a prerequisite before citizenship and it is certainly worth talking about. But the requirement that a citizen should speak a certain level of English, while reasonable on its face, was problematic because it is open to official abuse.”
With her leadership of the commission ending in three weeks, she reflected on her controversial tenure
“I am coming to the view that they have been able to say things about me, and attack me, in a way that never would have happened to a man. And I am sorry to say that, but it’s true,’’ she said.
Triggs in Wonderland
White Queen Utter Absurdity: Makes Perfect Sense
In ‘Through The Looking Glass’ the White Queen tells Alice that she sometimes ‘believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.’ If Alice were to go down a nearby rabbit hole and take a glance at the topsy-turvy wonderland that is modern Australia, she would find impossible things happening before breakfast are now a dime a dozen.
On Wednesday another impossible thing happened.
The advocacy group Liberty Victoria (formerly the Victorian Council for Civil Liberties) declared Gillian Triggs – an entirely washed-up, fool of a woman – the 2017 winner of the Voltaire Award for advocating free speech. Voltaire of course is the one who didn’t say, “I disagree with what you say and so I intend to totally crush you for daring to open your mouth,” but quite the opposite. Voltaire, in the vanguard of The Enlightenment, was the very antithesis of the despicable Triggs.
After millions of rational Australians paused to raise their shattered jaws which have crashed to the floor in disbelief, the question arose: how can this possibly be? How can Liberty Victoria (LV) possibly think that this psychotic and self-evidently idiotic White Queen, constantly running around screeching “Off with their heads!” to everyone who dares defy her Marxist speech codes, should be elevated to occupy the same pedestal as Voltaire? Sadly, everything in Australia, it seems, is not becoming ‘curiouser and curiouser’, but ‘idioticer and idioticer.’
To be fair, it’s entirely feasible to think that LV might have got the inspiration for their idiocy not from Through The Looking Glass but from Caligula, who 2,000 years ago decided to elect his own horse to the Roman senate. LV (themselves similarly mad) might well have concluded that awarding the Voltaire award to a complete horse’s arse – who herself has the additional qualification of being, like Caligula, entirely deranged – would be following the same sort of reasoning. Which was none. Both acts were just as ridiculous, and both involved a great horse’s arse somewhere in the story.
Either way, it all comes together quite nicely.
In Australia’s own Alice in Wonderland world, totally awash with leftist absurdity, Liberty Victoria elevating and equating this hideous White Queen and her despicable Stalinistideology to that of Voltaire really does make perfect sense.
For that reason, the sooner someone ‘offs’ with the White Queen’s head the better. Because unless you’re own head’s been popped as full of the same hallucinating drugs as was Charles Dodgson’s, there is no place in an enlightened Australia for either the despicable Triggs or for the imbeciles in Liberty Victoria who see fit to promote her.