Turnbull defends Gillian Triggs despite Abbott's criticism

COALITION frontbencher Malcolm Turnbull has described Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs as a "distinguished academic" and says the recent criticism of her "misses the point".

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Attorney-General George Brandis criticised Professor Triggs after the Commission published a damning report on children in immigration detention that they described as "a blatantly partisan, politicised exercise".

Senator Brandis yesterday confirmed he had asked for Professor Triggs' resignation, while Mr Abbott admitted in Parliament that the Government had "lost confidence" in in her.

But Mr Turnbull said the focus should on the welfare of the children concerned, not on personalities.

"I'm not going to buy into this discussion about Gillian Triggs... she's a very distinguished legal academic," he said.

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