Attorney-General Nicola Roxon has announced the appointment of Professor Gillian Triggs as the new President of the Australian Human Rights Commission. On 10 February 2012 the President of the Commission, Catherine Branson QC, announced her intention to leave the position in July 2012. Professor Triggs has been appointed as President for a period of five years commencing on the 30 July 2012.
Professor Triggs is currently Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Sydney. She has previously worked as the Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law in London and has been Chair and Member of several federal government advisory bodies.
BEN SCHOKMAN and RACHEL BALL are from the Human Rights Law Centre.