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No probe on Triggs inducement

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Federal police will not investigate Labor claims the government offered Gillian Triggs an inducement to quit as head of the human rights watchdog.

The president of the Human Rights Commission told Australian Federal Police she did not wish to make a complaint nor was she interested in pursuing the matter.

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“The evaluation did not identify evidence to support the allegation,” the AFP said in a letter to shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus.

Attorney-General George Brandis told reporters in Canberra the AFP had looked at the matter and decided “there was nothing in it”.

A Senate committee hearing earlier in the year heard that Professor Triggs had been advised the government had lost confidence in her ability to head up the commission after criticism about the timing of an inquiry into children in immigration detention.

It was suggested by the head of Senator Brandis’ department that an alternative position might be available if she chose to step down.

“I rejected it out of hand. I thought it was a disgraceful proposal,” Prof Triggs said at the time.

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