Triggs uses Michael Kirby Oration to argue governments have taken advantage of the fear caused by terrorism

Gillian Triggs has criticised the expansion of executive powers in Australia, saying Australian law has fallen prey to “isolation and exceptionalism” that has weakened democracy and left human rights undefended.

In a draft copy of her Michael Kirby Oration, delivered at Victoria University on Wednesday night, Triggs said governments had taken advantage of the fear caused by terrorism to introduce laws that were “out of proportion to the legitimate aim of protecting national security”.

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