Alexander Downer’s term as high commissioner is formally up in May.
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.
The Turnbull government’s objectives in seeking to change Section 18C are unclear.
The government has not adequately explained what it is hoping to achieve by changing the wording of Section 18C.
There is concern among some Liberals that the 18C issue will lose them votes in seats with large ethnic communities.
Malcolm Turnbull has announced a watering down of the controversial Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.
Whatever the status of the speculation, it would be a very bad idea for Malcolm Turnbull to despatch George Brandis to London.
Malcolm Turnbull will overfly Western Australia twice next week, when he makes a brief dash to Indonesia to attend a conference of Indian Ocean Rim leaders.
Brexit, Trump, terrorism, 18C, safe schools, the gay marriage plebiscite, a government with a wafer-thin majority and a fractious Senate: it has been quite a year in politics.
George Brandis said Stephen Donaghue was a ‘distinguished constitutional lawyer’.
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.
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.
George Brandis faces the second inquiry within months into his conduct.
What George Brandis did or did not tell Justin Gleeson is at the heart of a major political row embroiling him and the federal and WA governments.
Attorney-General George Brandis has declined to say whether he told the then-solicitor-general, Justin Gleeson, not to run a particular argument in a High Court case.
George Brandis has made a blunt assessment of his Queensland state LNP colleagues.
The Government leader in the Senate, George Brandis, has described the Queensland opposition as "very, very mediocre" and warned One Nation is likely to win "quite a few" seats at the state election.
Donald Trump's triumph in the US presidential contest caught many off-guard, including Australia's politicians.
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.
The Senate’s legal and constitutional affairs references committee split along party lines with two government senators supporting George Brandis.
A Senate inquiry has called for Attorney-General George Brandis to be censured for misleading parliament.
Treasurer Scott Morrison this week reignited the discussion about housing affordability in Australia. The question is: will the government be willing to bring forward meaningful reform?
George Brandis’s fundamental mistake was the formal direction, which he should have anticipated would be provocative and challenged in legal circles.
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…
Former Solicitor-General Justin Gleeson has resigned his post.
Justin Gleeson's resignation strikes at the role of the Solicitor-General in Australia, and the government needs to take steps to restore confidence in the office.
Solicitor-General Justin Gleeson has resigned.
Solicitor-General Justin Gleeson has quit, declaring his relationship with Attorney-General George Brandis is "irretrievably broken" and taking a major swipe at his government critics.
More than 50 arts training programs across the nation, including circus, may no longer be supported by the federal government.
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…
Solicitor-General Justin Gleeson appears before a Senate inquiry at Parliament House on Friday.
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.