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Restoring the independence of the solicitor-general

Law Federal government Australia

George Brandis’s backdown is only the first step in clarifying and protecting the role of this key legal officer

LATE last week, six months after George Brandis quietly issued his Legal Services Direction tightening control over the work of the Commonwealth solicitor-general, the attorney-general abandoned the plan. He and the government no doubt hope that this is the end of the controversy, but much more will need to be done to restore confidence in the solicitor-general’s independence and authority...

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