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Gillian Triggs warns of increasing sexist attacks against women in public life
The outgoing Australian Human Rights Commission president says there is clear evidence of this ‘serious regression’

Women in Australian public life face mounting attacks which constitute a “serious regression” of human rights, the outgoing Australian Human Rights Commission president, Gillian Triggs, has warned.

In her final Senate estimates before she concludes her five-year term in July, Triggs offered an extended meditation on the role of women in public life, concluding there was “clear evidence” of mounting sexist attacks.

Triggs defended her record but expressed concern about the impact of the QUT and Bill Leak section 18C racially discriminatory speech cases.

The Labor leader in the Senate, Penny Wong, and the Greens senator Nick McKim offered heartfelt tributes to Triggs’s contribution to public life, praising her dignity and courage in office.

While president of the commission Triggs faced fierce criticism from Coalition politicians over the accuracy of her evidence to committees, and was famously asked by the attorney general to resign her independent statutory office over a critical report about refugees in detention.

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