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Oct 18, 2013

Brandis’ staffing coup points to ‘national security focus’

George Brandis has secured the services of former ambassador and ASIO chief, Paul Sullivan, raising interesting questions about the new Attorney-General's approach to national security.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

George Brandis securing Paul O’Sullivan as his chief of staff — an appointment announced yesterday — is a coup for Brandis and for the government. It has been a long time since such a prominent figure accepted a political staffing role outside the Prime Minister’s Office — where O’Sullivan served John Howard prior to his appointment to head ASIO in 2005.

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  1. Pedantic, Balwyn

    George Brandis “mediocre” according to Bernard Keane. Praise indeed when you think about the other members of the Abbott Cabinet.

  2. klewso

    So O’Sullivan has experience with stone/fire-walling?
    But can he cut a rug at weddings?

  3. klewso

    And Ruddock makes Brandis look good?
    Ruddock could make Goebbels look good.

  4. Venise Alstergren

    What is the point of having a giant ego when the only station in life reached thus far is “Mediocre provincial lawyer”? Obviously he spends more time praying to his god than he does to the law.

  5. Andybob

    If our civil liberties depend upon Brandis’s grasp of principle then god help us all. Sadly I can only see this appointment increasing the likelihood of data retention and interception without warrant.

  6. Venise Alstergren

    ANDYBOB: Ditto that. All of these clowns look to be amateurs.

    And the dreaded Tony Abbott spends his entire time undoing what the Labor Party instigated. FFS why doesn’t he bring his own ideas-(joke) into being.

    Saw the Liberal Party leader of my electorate sitting next to me in the coffee shop; deep in conversation with a friend/business friend. So I went over, apologised for interrupting and said, “If your leader thinks that everyone in this electorate is in agreement with his ‘no Carbon Price tax’ idiocy he is sadly mistaken.’ then I laughed and said. ‘The man’s a cretin, you should get rid of him.’

    She was perfectly calm about it all, and I wasn’t at all rude. Will she listen? Ho, ho, ho, never in a trillion years.

  7. Mike Flanagan

    Just goes to prove the importance of Gonski when we are going to put the infants in charge of the crèche or todays parliamentary nursery.

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