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Oct 12, 2017

Crikey Worm: scorned solicitor-general returns to haunt the government

Good morning, early birds. A familiar face returns to haunt the government at the High Court, and One Nation relegates Queensland's LNP to preference purgatory after a kerfuffle in Western Australia. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

Max Chalmers

Freelance journalist


The solicitor-general who was forced to resign after a major falling-out with Attorney-General George Brandis has appeared before the High Court, arguing that letting MPs off the hook on the basis they did not know they were dual citizens would create chaos in Parliament.

Justin Gleeson SC is appearing on behalf of another Coalition rival, former independent MP Tony Windsor, and yesterday took aim at the case being outlined by representatives for the Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce. Appearing for Nationals Senator Matt CanavanDavid Bennett SC countered that allowing MPs to be excluded based on obscure foreign citizenship laws would only lead to a “genealogical witch hunt” at every election.

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2 thoughts on “Crikey Worm: scorned solicitor-general returns to haunt the government

  1. leon knight

    Former Solicitor General Gleeson opposing Brandis’s arguments in the High Court is richly ironic – I desperately hope Gleeson’s view prevails.

  2. Ann Moir

    Guy Runfle on Abbott and Howard yesterday really got to the heart of problem with these two recalcitrants. I thought the writing was inspired.

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