MALCOLM Turnbull has confirmed Gillian Triggs won’t stay on as president of the Human Rights Commission once her term expires next year.
Professor Triggs, who took up the role in July 2012, has faced heavy criticism from members of government in recent weeks.
The Prime Minister made it clear he did not make the appointment, nor did the Coalition.
“There will be a new president after her term expires in the middle of next year,” he told Sydney’s 2GB radio on Wednesday.
“In an office like this you serve your term and sometimes, if people want to have it renewed it might be renewed, but in this case there will be a new president of the Human Rights Commission when Professor Triggs’ term expires.”
Mr Turnbull said it was not productive to get into a slanging match with her over recent controversies, including the racial discrimination debate over section 18C.
“She’s got to defend and justify her own conduct.”
Coalition backbencher Eric Abetz, among Professor Triggs’ fiercest critics, said the news was welcome.
“The Australian people are fed up with the repeated incompetence displayed by Professor Triggs and this announcement by the prime minister will be welcomed by many in the community,” Senator Abetz said in a statement.
He was hopeful her successor “understands natural justice” and would be keen to promote freedom of speech.