Australia's former human rights commissioner Gillian Triggs says Sharia law should be allowed in Australia.

The former law professor likened the Islamic legal system to Catholic diktats from the Vatican.

'There are various ways in which religious law affects the private lives of people,' she told Daily Mail Australia on Thursday night, after sharing a stage with Iranian-born Labor senator Sam Dastyari.

'The views of the Vatican affect the lives of Catholics in this country.'

Professor Triggs also said Sharia divorce courts should be allowed in Australia, under a system where a Muslim man can leave his wife by saying 'I divorce you' three times and a woman's word is worth less than a man's.

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