AG staff feared a backlash over Lorraine Finlay’s “captain’s choice”


The fears of Michaelia Cash’s bureaucrats weren’t out of place: Lorraine Finlay’s appointment sucked, because the job wasn’t advertised.

Human Rights Commissioner Lorraine Finlay (Image: Murdoch University)

Bureaucrats at Attorney General Michaelia Cash’s Department have raised concerns privately about the former Liberal candidate The appointment of Lorraine Finlay as commissioner for human rights in September, worrying that the lack of a transparent selection process could attract public criticism.

Finlay, a law professor at Murdoch University and a human trafficking specialist who has deep ties to the Liberal Party of Western Australia, begins a high-profile role within the Australian Commission on Human Rights at the end of this. month.

In a series of internal emails obtained from Woh in the area of ​​freedom of information, department officials admitted that “an appointment process without advertising will be subject to public criticism”.

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