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Thanks for the tax dollars, part one. Commonwealth Solicitor-General Stephen Donaghue QC's work history makes for impressive reading -- double degree in arts and law at the University of Melbourne, did his PhD at Oxford, joined the bar in 2001 and became a QC in 2011. His services wouldn't come cheap. Lucky for Human Services Minister Alan Tudge, Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar and Health Minister Greg Hunt, they don't have to pick up the bill for Donaghue representing them in a Melbourne court today. Who does? The taxpayer, of course.