GILLIAN Triggs was today given a wild send-off from the Senate where so often she has been the subject of personal attacks.
A Senate committee hearing broke up in turmoil and jokes about getting “physical” after a prominent Green was ordered out.
And in a significant embarrassment to the government chairman of the committee, the LNP’s Ian Macdonald, later official advice was the expulsion attempt was illegal.
The hearing erupted and could not continue after a clash over questioning, by Liberal Eric Abetz, of departing Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs, a frequent target of government criticism, in the legal and constitutional affairs hearing into Budget matters.
The Greens’ Nick McKim interrupted a question from Senator Abetz and challenged its legitimacy, saying it wasn’t related to the May 9 Budget.
Chairman of the committee, Senator Macdonald, ordered him out of the hearing.