Former ABC presenter Yassmin Abdel-Magied - an outspoken critic of Australia’s Border Protection Force and policies - is under investigation by the Human Rights Commission for breaching human rights legislation with her tweets.
The news comes on the same day Australian Conservatives leader and South Australian Senator Cory Bernardi introduced a bill to abolish the Human Rights Commission.
The divisive 26-year-old Abdel-Magied drew widespread disbelief after she described Islam as “the most feminist religion” and caused outrage last Anzac Day when she tweeted: “Lest We Forget (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine ...)”.
The Australian newspaper reports today that the Sudanese-born engineer moved to London last year and proceeded to liken Australia to an abusive boyfriend.
Abdiel-Magied told her Twitter followers that the Australian Human Rights Commission was handling a complaint about her. The admission came the same day that Senator Bernardi introduced a private member’s bill to abolish the Commission on the grounds that the states and territories already have jurisdiction to deal with human rights complaints.
The highly controversial Commission has been roundly condemned for running secretive and flawed cases under section 18C of Australia’s Racial Discrimination Act, which makes it illegal to 'offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate' someone on the basis of their race or ethnicity.