Michael Gordon - The SMH
The first response of the Abbott government to the most comprehensive inquiry conducted into children in immigration detention was to bury it by delaying its release until late on the last possible night it could be tabled in the Parliament.
The second response was to denigrate it, with Tony Abbott accusing the Human Rights Commission of being blatantly partisan and saying it should be ashamed of itself. This is a direct attack on the professionalism, competence and impartiality of the commission president, Gillian Triggs, a lawyer of 46 years experience.
Scott Morrison was almost as contemptuous, dismissing the evidence assembled over eight months by experts as out-of-date "allegations" and asserting that, in any case, "the children are pretty much out".