The Attorney-General's attempt today to justify his conduct was thoroughly unconvincing, Australian Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim says.
"He is relying on a semantic defence to the charge of misleading parliament which leaves significant questions unanswered."
"The Solicitor-General, who gave calm and considered evidence in the face of oafish intimidation from Senators MacDonald and O'Sullivan, made it clear that he regards the Legal Services Direction issued by Senator Brandis as unlawful."
"If Senator Brandis had sought legal advice from Mr Gleeson before issuing the Direction he would not be in the pickle that he currently finds himself."
"The Australian Greens will allow the Committee hear all the evidence before determining whether Senator Brandis has misled parliament."