“Prime Minister slams Human Rights Commission,” was the headline for an article today. Wasn’t that a shock after the courts dismissed a case against three Queensland University students? In comments in a radio interview, the PM also indicated his stance against repealing race hate laws was softening. I kid you not – Malcolm Turnbull may have actually changed his opinion to (coincidentally I’m sure) more fully abase himself before the hard right bigots he refuses to stand up to.
Much as I am against changes to the Racial Discrimination Act, I couldn’t get too worked up about this latest backsliding. There was nothing surprising about it. Just Turnbull being Turnbull for the most part. However, I was struck by how cheerfully – and without any apparent embarrassment at the contradictions involved – he extended his criticism to the commission’s waste of public money.
Take a breath, Malcolm. The Australian people would love you to take the expenditure of taxpayer funds seriously. I imagine you are equally furious about the huge amount of taxpayer money frivolously wasted by George Brandis fighting legal battles to keep his ministerial diary private. I look forward to your response to your Deputy PM’s plan to relocate the Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority into his own electorate whilst refusing to release costings of this blatant pork-barrelling. On the subject of wasting taxpayer money, shall we again talk about your push for a 170 million dollar (conservative estimate) plebiscite over marriage equality, which no one wants (including you)? How about the billions of dollars we spend on an inhumane offshore detention policy that is condemned globally?
I get that government MP’s never miss a chance to take a shot at Gillian Triggs, but this is more like shooting yourself in the foot.
This article was originally published on Quietblog.
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