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Tuesday, 7 February 2017
Page: 174

Advice on the proposed same-sex marriage plebiscite

(Question No. 65)

Mr Keogh asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, in writing, on 7 November 2016:

Did the Attorney-General seek advice from Mr David Bennett QC on the proposed same-sex marriage plebiscite; if so, (a) when was the advice sought, (b) what fee was paid for the advice, and (c) what costs were associated with the seeking of this advice, including but not limited to (i) travel expenditure, and (ii) accommodation.

Mr Keenan: The Attorney-General has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

It is the established practice of Australian governments, of both political persuasions, not to comment on legal advice or the subject matter of legal advice.