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Triggs to face grilling on kids report

Professor Gillian Triggs, President of The Australian Human Rights Commission, leads the National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention. Photo AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

Professor Gillian Triggs, President of The Australian Human Rights Commission, leads the National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention. Photo AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

Canberra – AAP  The human rights watchdog is expected to cop another shellacking over its children in detention report.

Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs will front a Senate estimates hearing in Canberra on Tuesday.

Prime minister Tony Abbott savaged the commission’s report describing it as a ‘blatantly partisan’ exercise and questioned the timing of the inquiry.

The number of children in immigration detention peaked at nearly 2000 in mid-2013 under Labor.

There are now only 126 children in detention in Australia and 116 on Nauru.

Professor Triggs has faced intense government pressure to stand down from her role even though she is only halfway through a five-year term.

The position has statutory protection to ward off the threat of political interference.

The commission’s 10-month inquiry found prolonged immigration detention caused significant mental and physical illness and was a clear violation of international human rights law.

The government has rejected its call for a royal commission.

Immigration department secretary Michael Pezzullo on Monday said some sections of the report lacked vigour.


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