Senate censures Brandis for Human Rights Commission conduct

LABOR and The Greens have called for Attorney-General George Brandis to resign in the wake of attacks on the Australian Human Rights Commission president.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has rejected the call, after Labor led a five-hour long censure motion against Senator Brandis in the Senate on Monday.

The censure motion follows a Senate hearing last week in which the secretary of the Attorney-General's Department, Chris Moraitis, admitted he offered commission president Professor Gillian Triggs a new "opportunity" should she decide to resign. That offer, she said, followed a report from the commission to government on the conditions of children held in detention centres.

Senior Labor frontbencher Penny Wong reignited the debate with the censure motion on Sen Brandis, before Shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus called for his resignation, which is a move supported by the Greens in the Senate.

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