Stephen Donaghue says the government is on rock-solid ground in both the same-sex marriage postal survey and the sticky question of citizenship. But remember what happened to the last guy who gave advice the government did not like?
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?
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.
The ongoing stoush between George Brandis and Justin Gleeson has reached boiling point, with the Solicitor-General tendering his resignation.
Just who appointed Justin Gleeson as Solicitor-General? And what does a Solicitor-General do? Crikey intern Rachel Robertson looks at the nation's second most powerful law officer.
Justin Gleeson has provided yet more damning evidence of how bureaucrats failed to consult him on a direction affecting him. And George Brandis has gotten the law wrong yet again.