On Monday, the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull responded to the Court’s finding by suggesting that the Human Rights Commission has not done itself or its reputation any favours by bringing the case.
"Now, frankly, what the Human Rights Commission needs to do is reflect on whether, in making its decisions as to which cases to pursue and which cases not to pursue, it has been doing so in a manner that enhances the reputation both of the commission and respect for the discrimination [act]," he told the ABC.
Professor Gillian Triggs, hit back explaining that the comments were “deeply misleading” as the Commission cannot bring cases before the court, it simply investigates the complaints that are made.
The complaint that led to the QUT case was terminated by the Human Rights Commission in August 2015, before the case was brought in the Federal Circuit Court.
She accused News Corp and politicians "who have deliberately misunderstood the law" of orchestrating a campaign against the Commission.
"There is no doubt that they have deliberately undermined a process that proceeds quietly, with 20,000 matters, plus formals complaints, each year," she told Fairfax Media.