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George Brandis must resign or be sacked

If reports of George Brandis instructing the former Solicitor-General to act in a political way and ignore the rule of law are true, he should immediately resign or be sacked as Attorney-General.

"It appears Senator Brandis was trying to interfere with the Solicitor-General to stitch up a politically cosy deal for the Western Australian Liberal Government," Australian Greens Justice spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

"If it looks like corruption and smells like corruption, then it probably is corruption."

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Government needs to withdraw Legal Services Direction

The Government needs to withdraw its flawed Legal Services Direction before starting the process to appoint a new Solicitor-General, the Australian Greens say.

"No self-respecting lawyer with the capacity to become Solicitor-General would want to be a lapdog to Attorney-General George Brandis," Greens Justice spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

"If we want the best possible field of applicants and the best person to fill the role, we need to make sure that the independence of the office is paramount."

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Attorney-General Questions Still Unanswered

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."

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