Attorney-General George Brandis is so desperate to prevent even the remotest possibility of his diary being made public that he is spending tens of thousands of dollars of taxpayers' money to fight an order that his office process a freedom of information request in the full Federal Court. Is national security really the reason, or is he trying to avoid being caught out slacking off?

After losing a case in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in December last year, Brandis is now taking his case to the full Federal Court in what is reportedly an attempt by his office to get "clarification" around how freedom of information law operates.