No politician should be permitted to stand for preselection without proof that they have read and understood this treatise - which is essentially a Dreyfus-like "j'accuse" on the current rogues of government seeking to deny the citizens and residents and asylum-seekers their human rights and dignity. This book calls for a Charter of Rights in clear and unambiguous language!
This book should be a must read for all Australians. Some sections are a little tough because she takes you through some of the legal aspects that inform her arguments, but she has a vision for Australia we all want, fairer, juster and compassionate to all. She convinced me that we need a Bill of Rights, because successive governments over the last decade have eroded bit by bit the rights of ordinary Australians. We are seeing how apt this is now with the government's raids on journalists and the ABC. Triggs is one of Australia's most insightful thinkers and a pleasure to read.
This book paints an authentic picture of the person who headed up Australia's Equality Opportunity Commission at I time of political turmoil, change and challenge. Beyond that, it also provides a comprehensive, evidence-based argument that is not at all overstated, about the current status of human rights policy and practices in within Australia that belie that the moral stance that our leaders adopt in the global stage. It is not a book to read in a rush. It can be read in parts and each needs to absorbed and contemplated before taking each new issue raised. The first two chapters are compelling reading and after these, the book provides opportunities for slow, reflective, learning. This is a reading must for anyone who care about civil rights and justice. Its reading has reinforced my abiding respect for Gillian Trigg and deepened my concern as to whether we will ever be so lucky to have a person in this position who has the courage to speak up for those who are disempowered.