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Alexander Downer’s term as high commissioner is formally up in May. Katia Christodoulou/AAP

Turnbull delays London appointment

Malcolm Turnbull is believed to have deferred the appointment of a new high commissioner to the UK until at least the end of this year.
There is concern among some Liberals that the 18C issue will lose them votes in seats with large ethnic communities. Sam Mooy/AAP

Section 18C change appears doomed in Senate

Malcolm Turnbull has announced a watering down of the controversial Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.
George Brandis said Stephen Donaghue was a ‘distinguished constitutional lawyer’. Lukas Coch/AAP

New solicitor-general wins plaudits

The new Commonwealth solicitor-general is Stephen Donaghue – an uncontroversial choice whose appointment has been welcomed.
Section 18C goes further than the laws of many other democracies by applying to ‘offensive’ and ‘insulting’ speech. AAP/Lukas Coch

We should follow other countries’ lead on hate speech by changing 18C

A minor change, substituting 'vilify' for 'offend' and 'insult', would bring Section 18C more in line with similar laws in other democracies without undermining its effectiveness.
A Senate motion directs George Brandis and Mathias Cormann to appear before the legal and constitutional affairs references committee. Lukas Coch/AAP

New inquiry into conduct of George Brandis

George Brandis faces the second inquiry within months into his conduct.
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Brandis scraps direction to Solicitor-General

Attorney-General George Brandis has pre-empted his opponents in the Senate by rescinding his controversial direction that all requests to the Solicitor-General for advice must go through him.
George Brandis’s fundamental mistake was the formal direction, which he should have anticipated would be provocative and challenged in legal circles. Lukas Coch/AAP

Brandis mishandles a fight he should never have had

The dramatic break between the Attorney-General and the Solicitor-General – which culminated spectacularly in Justin Gleeson’s resignation on Monday – was a saga of misjudgments and mismanagement. It has…
More than 50 arts training programs across the nation, including circus, may no longer be supported by the federal government. Julian Smith/AAP

Arts training is an essential part of an innovative nation

The past two years have not been happy ones for the arts sector in Australia. It all began in early 2014 with federal Ministers Brandis and Turnbull telling artists at the Sydney Biennale that they were…

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