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Australia’s human rights debate has always been political
Human rights have been a hot topic of late. The Australian Human Rights Commission president, Gillian Triggs, has been accused of politicising her position, while The Australian newspaper and conservative politicians have led a campaign against Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.
Why has Australia’s long commitment to human rights bodies and legislation suddenly become such an issue?
After all, the Human Rights Commission celebrates what amounts to…