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Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Page: 1444

Attorney-General


Senator WONG (South AustraliaLeader of the Opposition in the Senate) (14:42): My question is to the Attorney-General, Senator Brandis, and I refer to statements made by Senator Macdonald in the Senate yesterday in relation to the Solicitor-General, where he stated, 'It makes his position subject to question.' Does the Attorney-General agree with Senator Macdonald that the Solicitor-General's position is 'subject to question'?


Senator BRANDIS (QueenslandAttorney-General, Vice-President of the Executive Council and Leader of the Government in the Senate) (14:42): I did not see or read Senator Macdonald's speech, and I do not comment, as a matter of practice, on speeches that I have not seen or read.

The PRESIDENT: Senator Wong, a supplementary question.



Senator WONG (South AustraliaLeader of the Opposition in the Senate) (14:42): I again refer to the statements made by Senator Macdonald in the Senate yesterday:

… both the Human Rights Commissioner and the Solicitor-General have allowed themselves to be involved in the political games, and by doing that they have diminished the positions they hold and themselves.

Does the Attorney-General agree with Senator Macdonald?


Senator BRANDIS (QueenslandAttorney-General, Vice-President of the Executive Council and Leader of the Government in the Senate) (14:43): Senator Lambie, as I told you, I have not read Senator Macdonald's speech.


Senator WONG (South AustraliaLeader of the Opposition in the Senate) (14:43): I am Senator Wong.

The PRESIDENT: Order! Senator Wong, a final supplementary question.

Senator WONG: Given that the last statutory officer who stood up to the Attorney-General was offered an inducement to resign her position, will the Attorney-General assure the Senate that he has not offered and will not offer the Solicitor-General any inducements to resign his position?




Senator BRANDIS (QueenslandAttorney-General, Vice-President of the Executive Council and Leader of the Government in the Senate) (14:43): Senator Wong, yes, I can give you that assurance, but I also want to take the opportunity to correct what you asserted in your question. It was alleged against me at the time, concerning Professor Gillian Triggs, that I had offered her an inducement, and that matter was, in fact, the subject of a reference—I think by the Labor Party—to the Australian Federal Police, who examined the matter and concluded that there was absolutely no basis to that allegation.

Opposition senators interjecting

The PRESIDENT: Order on my left!

Senator Jacinta Collins interjecting

The PRESIDENT: Senator Collins, I need to hear Senator McKenzie.