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Tuesday, 1 December 2015
Page: 9510


Senator BRANDIS (QueenslandAttorney-General, Vice-President of the Executive Council and Leader of the Government in the Senate) (21:04): I do not think I used the word 'robustness', Senator Leyonhjelm. What I did say was that we have throughout been informed by the advice of, among others, the Solicitor-General, the Australian government solicitor, and constitutional lawyers within my department to ensure that the bill is in the strongest possible constitutional shape.

It is not the practice of Australian governments of either party to make public legal advice on these matters—in particular advice from the Solicitor-General, and I do not intend to depart from that long-established practice.