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.
Facing a humiliating defeat in the Senate, the Attorney-General has withdrawn his controversial direction muzzling the Solicitor-General.
It's no surprise that the Senate committee investigating George Brandis' attempt to control access to the Solicitor-General found against him, but some mysteries still remain.
Having failed to make her mark on the Solicitor-General in a recent committee hearing, a Liberal senator tried and failed to have a post-stoush swing at Justin Gleeson.
What half-decent professional would accept a job under Brandis' purview now?
Celebrating the Solicitor-General ... where have all the iPhones gone? ... AFR v Thomas Piketty ...
The Solicitor-General is an important independent office within the Commonwealth; as Justin Gleeson's resignation shows, it is being badly damaged by George Brandis.