Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Questions without Notice
My question is to the Attorney-General, Senator Brandis, and I refer to statements made by Senator Macdonald in the Senate yesterday in relation to the Solicitor-General, where he stated, 'It makes his position subject to question.' Does the Attorney-General agree with Senator Macdonald that the Solicitor-General's position is 'subject to question'?
I again refer to the statements made by Senator Macdonald in the Senate yesterday:
… both the Human Rights Commissioner and the Solicitor-General have allowed themselves to be involved in the political games, and by doing that they have diminished the positions they hold and themselves.
Does the Attorney-General agree with Senator Macdonald?
Given that the last statutory officer who stood up to the Attorney-General was offered an inducement to resign her position, will the Attorney-General assure the Senate that he has not offered and will not offer the Solicitor-General any inducements to resign his position?
Senator Wong, yes, I can give you that assurance, but I also want to take the opportunity to correct what you asserted in your question. It was alleged against me at the time, concerning Professor Gillian Triggs, that I had offered her an inducement, and that matter was, in fact, the subject of a reference—I think by the Labor Party—to the Australian Federal Police, who examined the matter and concluded that there was absolutely no basis to that allegation.
Opposition senators interjecting—