Solicitor-General Justin Gleeson has revealed he told Mark Dreyfus during the pre-election caretaker period that he disagreed with the binding direction George Brandis had issued.
Now that Labor has shot down the government's proposed plebiscite on same-sex marriage, the issue of marriage equality threatens to haunt Malcolm Turnbull's prime ministership.
A contentious move by George Brandis to restrict access to legal advice from the solicitor-general is continuing to raise controversy and questions about its legal validity.
Former solicitor-general Gavan Griffith has excoriated George Brandis' binding direction that all requests to the solicitor-general for legal advice must go through him.
A tussle between Attorney-General George Brandis and Solicitor-General Justin Gleeson intensified this week, and the outlook for their continued working relationship looks poor.
The future of Attorney-General George Brandis was a topic of political gossip well before the fight between him and Solicitor-General Justin Gleeson exploded spectacularly this week.
Regardless of where the truth lies, we now have an extraordinary position where Australia's two law officers are in conflict.
Solicitor-General Justin Gleeson has launched a swingeing attack on Attorney-General George Brandis, effectively accusing him of misleading parliament.