Gillian Triggs, the president of the Human Rights Commission, has told the Australian federal police she does not want to make a complaint or pursue an allegation that a job offer made to her on behalf of the attorney general, George Brandis, was an inducement constituting “corrupt and unlawful conduct”.
The shadow attorney general, Mark Dreyfus, asked the AFP to consider whether the offer had been made “with the object of affecting the leadership of the Australian Human Rights Commission to avoid political damage to the Abbott government”, which could mean it could “constitute corrupt and unlawful conduct”. The offer followed the angry reaction by the Coalition to the commission’s Forgotten Children report on children in immigration detention.
In a letter to Dreyfus last week, the police commissioner, Andrew Colvin, said the AFP had “thoroughly evaluated” the claim, including interviewing Professor Triggs.
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