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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.
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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…

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