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Gillian Triggs says 'vindictive point-scoring' behind Coalition's medevac repeal


The Coalition government’s campaign against the refugee medical evacuation laws is based on “mistruths” and “vindictive point-scoring”, the former president of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs, says.

On Friday Triggs was appointed United Nations assistant high commissioner for protection, working with the UN high commissioner for refugees, Filippo Grandi.

Grandi said Triggs would bring “extensive expertise, knowledge and vast experience in international refugee protection” to the role.

In Triggs’ five-year term as AHRC president, which ended in 2017, she faced a combative government that took umbrage at her criticism of its treatment of refugees and asylum seekers held on Manus Island and Nauru.

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