The Gillian Triggs Award

It seems that Outgoing human rights commissioner Gillian Triggs wins freedom of speech award which I have picked up at Andrew Bolt where you can see Rowan Dean saying everything that should be said about how demented such an award truly is.

I do not think that Gillian Triggs should be allowed to go unpunished and just slink off into her fully-funded retirement without some kind of memorial. My proposal is that we have an annual Gillian Triggs Award to commemorate her tenure as head of the Australian Human Rights Commission. The award should be annually presented to the person, of whatever gender they choose to have, irrespective of national ethnicity, race, creed, colour or religion, who has shown the most dense, obtuse and hypocritical understanding of human rights in Australia.

My aim, in the first instance, is that she should know that there are some of us who will remember, so that, even as she is enjoying her future retirement on the grossly inflated pension she will receive in spite of her lack of judgment and perspective, she will know there are others who hold her in contempt. If she doesn’t know about the GT Award, so much the better for her. But if she does, one hopes it will irritate and annoy, providing that tiny bit of reflection on the role she has played in Australian public life.

It is also important that the name of the award should not be bestowed in perpetuity, since that would provide future recognition. Instead, it is an award whose name will be changed in dishonour of someone else and that date of this change of name should occur three years after she finally departs from public life. There will no doubt be many who will unfortunately richly deserve the role as the name of the award given each year.

The nominations will be via Catallaxy readers and when a final list of five is determined, will be chosen by a survey of readers.

This will be part of the Catallaxy Awards that will be awarded in a number of categories which have not yet been determined. Feel free to suggest the kinds of public disservice that should be immortalised in these awards. The first winner of the Gillian Triggs Award is, of course, Ms Triggs herself.

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72 Responses to The Gillian Triggs Award

  1. Carpe Jugulum

    I nominate tim southpossumarse

  2. mark

    Well, the award could be for the public disservice afforded by an appointment of a person whose prior reputation was so at odds with the nature of the appointment.

  3. mark

    Tim Flannery would be a contender if he were to be appointed as a professor of logic, or science, or, well, pretty much anything. Shorten would be a shoe in if he were to be appointed as a professor of ethics. Jayant Patel would get it if he were appointed head of the AMA.

  4. struth

    Peter Garrett should get the GT award for his support of [email protected] in the insulation industry.
    The greens should be nominated for the GT awards for supporting illegal immigrants rights. ……to end up on the bottom of the ocean.

    And of course the GT award would be won by Malcom Turnbull for his never ending commitment to the ideals of conservatism, freedom and small goverment.

  5. OneWorldGovernment

    Steve,

    I’d love to support you with the GT Award but I’m afraid of what they will do to me.

    Can’t say much but all the best and I hope you keep your job.

  6. OneWorldGovernment

    I look forward in anticipation to see the scum filth liberal party of Australia be wiped out at the next election.

    What difference is there in voting for labor or greens.

    They all want to destroy Australia and not one single arzhole would know how to make money.

  7. Chris Harper

    Sarah Hanson-Young as the racist, or race hypocrite, of the year for her abuse in parliament of David Leyonhjelm-the-enemies-hiding-behind-18c? Ditto sexist and ageist of the year.

  8. Tintarella di Luna

    I propose the Parliaments of Australia every year

  9. Tintarella di Luna

    Steve I forgot to tell you the other night at the launch of your excellent book that on the way there I almost ran headlong into to Gillian Triggs scurrying off somewhere.

    That was the third time I’ve seen her. On each occasion she was there and gone before I could give her a piece of my mind. but perhaps that’s just as well, there is so precious little left.

  10. Tintarella di Luna

    Well, the award could be for the public disservice afforded by an appointment of a person whose prior reputation was so at odds with the nature of the appointment.

    Well said and there was so much there for all to know how inappropriate was the appointment of Ms Triggs as President of the Australian Human Rights Commission. What’s more that not a peep was uttered by her to assist those whose plight she knew so personally to be egregious to the point of barbarity. Not a peep.

  11. Bribiejohn

    Maybe I’ll wake up one morning and find that I’ve been in another country. This cannot be the Australia in which I was born 77 years ago!

  12. John constantine

    Once their left know how their triggfilth triggers Tories, that makes her the only person that can beat Waleed the denouncer for next governor general

  13. Exit Stage Right

    The nominee that immediately springs to mind is Julia Gillard, AKA the Lying Slapper. Her much vaunted mizzogenee speech, delivered within the protection of Cowards Castle, has done huge damage to the cause of women not just in Australia but around the world. Aimed specifically at white males, in particular Tony Abbott, it is held up as some sort of shining example of woman power highlighting the inequalidee between male and female, but in fact was a tawdry diversion to deflect from her woeful performance and shortcomings as PM. A stand out nominee for this award!

  14. I nominate Catallaxy Files for using the expression ‘human rights’ in relation to this proposed award and hence contributing to the perpetuation of the nonsense political concept of human rights.

  15. iamok

    … providing that tiny bit of reflection on the role she has played in Australian public life

    A prerequisite of this is that you have to have some self awareness. She has none, nada, zip, bupkiss.

    Nice idea though.

  16. Tel

    Previous winners of the Voltaire Award include the commentator Waleed Aly

    It’s more of an Orwell Award than a Voltaire Award, but if you think about it, there’s probably a lot of Orwell Awards going under various names, and that’s exactly what Orwell himself predicted would happen.

    Nothing is as it seems.

  17. Up The Workers!

    Given the close relationship between the “TriggLuddite”, the A.L.P. and the A.L.P.’s perverted version of our “legal system”, I’d like to nominate a gaggle of former Labor legal luminaries as recipients of the first award.

    Her predecessor as Head of the former Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission, Judge Marcus Einfeld; former Federal Attorney-General, cloak-and-dagger ASIO Inquisitor and A.L.P.-appointed High Court Justice, Lionel Murphy; Juliar Gillard’s Slater & Gordon co-conspirator and fellow ‘sack-ee’ from that firm, and also the bent former New South Obeid Chief Magistrate, Murray Farquhar would be good representatives of the sort of things that happen to the legal system whenever Labor gets its’ corrupt hands on the levers of mis-government.

    I am certain others will have plenty of similar leading Labor legal luminaries – maybe sufficient to fill one of our many luxury prison resorts, which would be a fitting prize for the winning nominee(s), as they could “rub shoulders” with the criminal former Federal President of the A.L.P., Michael Williamson each morning in the communal prison showers and maybe even join him for afternoon tea in the ‘A.L.P. Presidential Suite’.

  18. jock

    I thought getting some conservative in parliament to propose she receive the joe mccarthy award would sink in the slipper. Problem is finding a conservative.

  19. Up The Workers!

    Errr…just wondering:

    Is the family permitted to discuss this topic around the kitchen table, or it that strictly VERBOTEN!?

    I don’t want the A.L.P.’s Obergruppenfuhrer Sourpossumstains and the Anti-Free-Speech-Nazis booting down my front door with their jackboots and then hauling us all off to Stalag 13.

  20. Rohan

    If you’re going to make an award, you need to have a trophy. How bout a turd coloured and textured 18 inch statue of GT, based on one of Bill Leak’s best cartoons. But make sure she’s in a gestapo uniform.

    I nominate Sam Dastardly for his excellence in racial harmony.

  21. rickw


    Once their left know how their triggfilth triggers Tories, that makes her the only person that can beat Waleed the denouncer for next governor general

    True, Waleed the denouncer must be furious, how could a muslim not beat all other comers?

  22. Dan Dare

    Bribiejohn, I am only a few years behind you and I could not agree more.
    We all need to email Triggs the Bolta link to Rowan Dean’s excellent rant.
    Anyone got her email address?

  23. Dr Faustus

    Liberty Victoria’s policy on Freedom of Expression:

    Freedom of expression includes not only freedom of speech but freedom of artistic expression and freedom to communicate generally. The right to engage in communication on political matters is one of the few constitutionally protected rights we enjoy in Australia. This is because the system of democratic government created by our constitution depends on the free exchange of political communications. Like most freedoms, freedom of expression is not absolute and must be qualified by restrictions necessary for the protection of public order. Thus the freedom does not protect calls for the violent overthrow of the State, incitement to criminal behaviour, contempt of court or defamation. Changing community standards can result in some variations over time in the extent of this freedom, for example in relation to offensive language in public and sexually explicit publications. Difficult questions can arise regarding the extent of the qualifications on this freedom, especially in the area of racial and religious vilification. Liberty Victoria has supported the civil law aspects of racial and religious vilification legislation as an effective way of discouraging this anti-social behaviour. However, Liberty considers that, before any kind of expression is prohibited, it must be shown that it somehow threatens public order. Therefore it has opposed those parts of the racial and religious vilification laws which create new criminal offences.

    A piss-take.

  24. Rabz

    The award should be annually presented to the person, of whatever gender they choose to have, irrespective of national ethnicity, race, creed, colour or religion, who has shown the most dense, obtuse and hypocritical understanding of human rights in Australia.

    On the plus side, there are at least plenty of candidates, some of course being much more equal than others.

  25. thefrollickingmole

    Can we call it the “social justice human rites” award.
    Since most people know putting social justice in front of something makes it the opposite of what it really means.

    I also wonder if its time for rotting fruit/tomatoes to make their way back onto the political stage.

  26. Alexi the Conservative Russian

    Brilliant idea. Make it happen by each end of financial year. Perhaps we could have quarterly contenders who ‘play off’ in a grandest dope of all prize for the year.

  27. Up The Workers!

    Is that “Liberty Victoria”, or “LUNACY VICTORIA”?

    How bloody depressing!

    I think I’ll ring “Beyond Blue” for some much-needed depression counselling.

    Ohh…no…hang on a minute…

  28. In three years time re-name it to the Jake Lynch Award.

  29. incoherent rambler

    Does Liberty Victoria receive any taxpayer funding? If so, the Lieborals are worse than I thought.

    Also, the award needs to go to someone like Pol Pot. I presume posthumous awards are ok?

  30. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    We could memorialize that the Catallaxy award is a piss-take by calling it the G & T Award; for those drunk on hubris with decisions and outcomes to match.

    This would memorialise her initials appropriately and forever. It would give Waleed his due as well when it is his turn. A fine Aussie memorial to fully integrate him into Aussie pub culture.

    (Unfair to real G & T’s though. A pleasant tipple late arvo in summer.)

  31. Frank

    They are just trolling, highly immature but as an explanation it fits the best.

  32. Dr Fred Lenin

    The late hulls the clerk of courts attorrny genearal for the bracks communist government filled the judiciary of Victorisa with communists from liberty victoria,sort of branch stacking the commos love from “liberty victoria”,sort of branch stacking the comrades love , I think there is a uni degree in it sort of BA .They like to grab the buzz words ,”peoples , democratic, liberty ,freedom,free speech,racist. Homophobe xenophobic ,you know the drill ,to read these bullshit words you choose the complete opposite meaning .still comrade trigs “award”follows the pattern ,obama got a nobble prize for peace then caused the slaughter in the dysfunctional muslim shit heaps. If Alfred Nobel were alive he would probably blow up the selection comrades .Forward comrades follow the party into the 1920s!fight fascism ! ( not) our kind though

  33. Lorraine

    At first, on hearing this I thought someone was having a lend of me. IMO awards given to some people simply no longer have any meaning or value, not worth the paper it’s written on.

  34. Robbo

    Gillian Triggs is a nasty, biased, lying, hypocritical waste of time. So is anything that bears her name

  35. Leo G

    Is that “Liberty Victoria”, or “LUNACY VICTORIA”?

    The formal name of the organisation is the Victorian Council for Civil Liberties. Their award is intended to create offence to increase the public profile of the organisation and thereby increase its leverage in public debate and government policy on human rights.

  36. incoherent rambler

    May I suggest that the “GT award” should be annually bestowed upon the public toilet voted the worst in Australia.

    Nominations will require an accompanying photo (photos from aerial shots and telephoto lenses will be accepted).

  37. cui bono

    Dan Dare:
    [email protected]

    Just don’t expect your communication reciprocated.

  38. John64

    It’s pretty awful but it could be worse.

    Mothers’ Day is coming up. She might be awarded Mother of the Year.

  39. Des Deskperson

    ‘Does Liberty Victoria receive any taxpayer funding?’

    No evidence of government funding in its latest Annual Report. Interesting, though, it made a loss of about $10,000 in FY 2014-15. The treasurer has commented: ‘.. if we continue to make deficits, as has been budgeted for 2016, the cash reserves of the organisation will continue to be depleted unless we receive additional income [including] donations..” ”

    Looks like the preening silver tails on the lists of volunteers and supporters aren’t so keen on human rights when it comes to, as they say, putting their hands in their pockets.

    There is BTW, no report available yet for FT 2015 -16.

  40. Adelagado

    The award should be annually presented to the person who has shown the most dense, obtuse and hypocritical understanding of human rights in Australia.

    Obviously the first recipient of the Gillian Triggs Award should be …. Gillian Triggs.

  41. Dr Fred Lenin

    John64,what a dreadfull Truthfull thing to say about comtade trigs .these elitist bludgers are saying get stuffed to the workers who keep them ,bet its full of crooked lawtrades wankers ,
    Australias Donald Trump step forward ! Drain the Swamp !

  42. Roger

    I wouldn’t waste too much time or energy fulminating against this.

    No-one outside of Melbourne university circles pays it much attention; in fact the Cat yesterday and Bolt today have given it more credence than it deserves.

    Any two-bit organisation comprised of “intellectuals” can make such an award, the rest of us should just hold it in the derision it deserves. Rich fodder for conservative comedians…if they could get a gig, that is.

  43. Mother Lode

    When the IPA has a night out Fauxfacts calls it a ‘love-in’/

    Lefty’s are forever giving each other awards telling how wonderful they are…but these are not ‘love-ins’.

    Go figure.

  44. jupes

    It’s more of an Orwell Award than a Voltaire Award, but if you think about it, there’s probably a lot of Orwell Awards going under various names, and that’s exactly what Orwell himself predicted would happen.

    Exactly. I was going to say that you couldn’t make this shit up, but Orwell did!

  45. Noodles Romanoff

    I nominate Liberty Victoria for the Gillian Triggs Award. Such stupidity and ignorance should not go unrecognised.

  46. Up The Workers!

    To “Incoherent Rambler” at 9.08 am who said:
    “that the “GT award” should be annually bestowed upon the public toilet voted the worst in Australia”, my favourite (not necessarily the worst) public lavatory in all Australia, would have to be the public toilets in the Shopping Centre at Katherine in the Northern Territory, where the cost of a dump will set you back $2.00, or in other words, the price of almost two Fauxfacts shares, or more than eleven Slater & Gordon shares.

    Glad to see they’ve got their priorities right.

    Doesn’t THAT put things into perspective!

  47. areff

    Does Liberty Victoria receive any taxpayer funding?

    Not according to their financial statements, which I checked yesterday.

  48. Faye

    The CFMEU Up The Workers Award.

  49. Ubique

    Triggs scoring this award reminds one of Bob Hawke being declared Victoria’s father of the year in 1971. Hawke was an inveterate womaniser and heavy drinker who had persuaded his future wife Hazel to abort their first child so as not to disqualify him from a Rhodes Scholarship. Hazel herself described the award as absurd.

    Equally absurd was Flannery being awarded AoTY in 2006.

  50. Nicholas (Unlicensed Joker) Gray

    Let me be the first to suggest that it be called ‘The Triggser Warning’, after all those trigger warnings!

  51. stackja

    Abolish most ‘awards’.

  52. mh

    ABC favourite Julian Burnside QC has always been the driving force behind Liberty Victoria.

    Just saying.

  53. Des Deskperson

    “Not according to their financial statements, which I checked yesterday.”

    If you look at their financials, it’s a pretty piss-weak organisation, with the resources and the membership – around 200 – you’ll expect from a local ‘community association’ rather than a peak ‘activist’ group full of rich people.

    Roger above is right. Liberty Australia is a vanity organisation, a front for virtue-signalling. It’s clearly well-connected, but I doubt if it is seriously interested in, let alone capable of, any deep or rigorous analysis or research on freedom issues.

  54. Dr Fred Lenin

    This business about the elitist “liberty victoria” not receiving taxpayer funding I bet a lot of the lawtrades wankers in it do , julie annburnside for example ,so they donate and the group receives taxpayer dollars indirectly these shifty dishonest theiving lawyers can always find an easy dollar .

  55. jupes

    Equally absurd was Flannery being awarded AoTY in 2006.

    Let’s not forget:

    Adam Goodes – 2014
    Rosy Batty – 2015
    David Morrison – 2016

    The Goodes award in particular wasn’t just absurd, it was offensive.

  56. sfw

    Free Speech Vic gave the award several years ago to JULIAN BURNSIDE, this was shortly after Burnside publicly called for Climate Change Deniers to be jailed. I wrote to Free Speech Vic re his award and then then secretary Franciscus Henry replied with a defence that was essentially ” ‘wry humour, in the glorious tradition of ‘Rumpole of the Baily’ ” (sic), the grammar and spelling would have embarrassed a year 8 student. Free Speech Vic appeared to be closely related to Liberty Vic however it seems to have disappeared.

    I therefore nominate Julian Burnside.

    Letter from Free Speech Vic here – http://justasuburbanboy.blogspot.com.au/2007/06/julian-burnside-update.html

  57. incoherent rambler

    JFK – “A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.”

    Let us not honour GT.
    Let us not remember GT.

  58. TP

    I nominate MalTurd because he white anted Abbott when he was so so so close to getting rid of the bitch.

  59. jupes

    I nominate MalTurd because he white anted Abbott when he was so so so close to getting rid of the bitch.

    Abbott? The bloke who would rather appease Muslims than repeal 18c? That Abbott?

  60. TP

    Yes that Abbott you fuckwit jupes.

  61. Tim Neilson

    Actually Triggs has done a lot for certain types of “free speech”.

    Namely being able, without suffering any disciplinary sanction at all, to mislead Parliament repeatedly and make other false or misleading statements in the course of public office (e.g. as head of a children in detention inquiry).

  62. Dr Fred Lenin

    Can dead peopke of some merit be mominated ?if so I woukd lije to nominate Chopper Reid ,although he wasnt perfect ,he was probably mire honest than politicians and lawyers .Never forget the panic on radio when in response to attacks from the anti gas alan jones he said ” well I never got arrested twice in London s public toilets for soliciting sex from other men ,jones was speechless and the alpbc interviewer horrified the a convicted crim would attack a well known gay. former teacher! and rugby coach of young men its not right is it ? I think Chopper would bring more honesty to any award that triggger . (That was a film horse wasnt it ? Yes the resemblance is there )

  63. Habib

    Beyond parody. Yet another leftist institution goes out of its way to prove it shouldn’t exist, and smugly smears its rancid poo in all of our faces, knowing it is completely protected in perpetuity to its long overdue and well deserved come-uppance. Which is why this dump is beyond recovery.

  64. Daniel Guilfoyle

    Prof. Triggs’ award is well deserved. This is attested by the recent but not unexpected bitterness of Mr Abbott. His aggressive and paternalistic attitude to women first came to public notice at Sydney University. It appeared clearly in his bid as Minister for Health to delay release of morning-after pill RU486 and his over-zealous parliamentary attacks on Prime Minister Gillard. In his pursuit of Commissioner Triggs he displays a new level of invective, as she has a double attractant for the male bully, a woman and a public servant.

  65. Tim Neilson

    It appeared clearly in his bid as Minister for Health to delay release of morning-after pill RU486

    Now a return to reality…

    The law at the time imposed the ultimate responsibility on Abbott, as Minister for Health, to make a decision on the drug.

    Very properly, Abbott took Departmental advice. The Chief Medical Officer of Australia told him that the drug was dangerous. Abbott followed that Departmental advice and refused to approve the drug.

    At the time the middle class pinko agitprop howler monkeys’ main screeching was to the effect that the Departmental advice was wrong, and that Abbott should (so they asserted) ignore it. At that time the sneers about Abbott’s Catholicism were kept to a low key innuendo.

    It was only later, when the truth had faded from public consciousness, that the middle class pinko agitprop howler monkeys reverted to their ubiquitous tactic of total falsehood, knowing that their zero IQ simian followers would mindlessly join the screeching without ever bothering to check the facts.

  66. duncanm

    I’m surprised no-one’s mentioned Judge Mordy.

    A little out of date – but a worthy recipient.

  67. Noodles Romanoff

    Daniel Guilfoyle
    #2371604, posted on May 4, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    Trigg deserved an award for service to freedom of speech because Abbott’s a bastard? Think you might need to elevate your level of argument Daniel if you are going to survive around here.

  68. cynical1

    We may as well go all in.

    Anybody fancy nominating Morrison for a VC?

    That’s David, not Scott.

    Mind you, they both have same amount of combat experience.

  69. Barry 1963

    So, if in the face of government and press attracts you stand up the rights of those with little power you don’t deserve a free speech award? However, if you’re a privileged white male who calls an Aboriginal woman a “[word redacted. Sinc]” you are a champion of free speech? I’m struggling to understand…

  70. Atoms for Peace

    Just a teaser before she gets AOTY..

  71. Noodles Romanoff

    Barry 1963
    #2371849, posted on May 5, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Standing up for individual rights is not the same as standing up for freedom of speech. In fact in some cases it is the exact opposite, as witnessed in the Bill Leak and QUT students’ cases. Freedom of speech is about allowing people to voice their concerns without being penalised/gagged (subject to libel and defamation) by law. Calling people names is not championing free speech and I am unaware of anyone posting here that believes it is, so your last point is irrelevant.

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