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Tuesday, 1 December 2015
Page: 9514

Senator BRANDIS (QueenslandAttorney-General, Vice-President of the Executive Council and Leader of the Government in the Senate) (21:22): I know what the Solicitor-General's annual salary is: it's more than yours or mine! The Commonwealth is engaged in constitutional litigation quite often. That constitutional litigation is usually led by the Commonwealth Solicitor-General, who is paid a salary. His salary I dare say is considerably less than the cost of a private senior counsel of equivalent standing, by the way. So, the cost of constitutional litigation in a sense is already built into the salaries paid to the Solicitor-General and other counsel and government lawyers who are engaged in defending constitutional litigation on behalf of the Commonwealth.