George Brandis

The release, after three years, of Attorney-General George Brandis' diary might be the biggest anti-climax in Australian political history.

The normal processing time for a freedom of information request is 30 days; the Brandis diary saga took well over a thousand days and cost tens of thousands of dollars in court time and taxpayer-funded lawyers to fight the case in the AAT and two levels of court. Six months since the last court decision, and just as Labor was preparing to take the nation's highest law officer back to court for contempt of court proceedings, Brandis quietly handed over his diary to shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus over the weekend. Dreyfus' office released it to some media outlets on Sunday night.