THE Federal Opposition has asked the Australian Federal Police to investigate if a job offer made by the Government to Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs was an inducement to resign.
The Opposition said the offer of another government position to Professor Triggs by the secretary of Attorney-General George Brandis's department on his behalf could constitute corrupt and unlawful conduct.
Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus wrote to the AFP Commissioner seeking an immediate investigation and possible prosecution regarding the conduct of Senator Brandis.
"The Attorney-General's offer to an independent statutory officer of an inducement to resign her position as president, with the object of affecting the leadership of the [HRC] to avoid political damage to the Abbott Government may constitute corrupt and unlawful conduct," he wrote.
"Professor Triggs said there was 'no doubt in her mind' that the request to resign and the offer of further work were 'very clearly linked.
"I request this matter be investigated by the Australian Federal Police as a priority."
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