According to Fairfax Media’s Peter Hartcher (above), who thinks as hard as he can when attempting to put the day’s news in just the right perspective, Gillian Triggs is indeed a biased political operative masquerading as a human-rights champion.
Also according to Hartcher, Tony Abbott is wrong to paint her as a biased political operative masquerading as a human-rights champion:
“Was Triggs guilty of playing partisan politics? It seems so. Why didn’t she inquire into the problem of children in detention when they were being locked up at an increasing rate under Labor? Why wait until now?
Abbott is probably right on this point. But so what? Triggs’ report gave the government an opportunity to highlight its progress in solving the problem.”
In Fairfax newsrooms this passes for reasoned commentary.