Tuesday, 8 November 2016
Australian Senate, Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee, Inquiry into the Nature and scope of the consultations prior to the making of the Legal Services Amendment (Solicitor-General Opinions) Direction 2016, 8 November 2016 – majority view:
4.9 It is the committee's view that the Attorney-General has sought to undermine the rule of law in Australia by failing to adequately consult the Solicitor-General and constraining the independence of the Solicitor-General….
4.27 The committee makes the following recommendations:
4.28 That the Senate disallow the amendment to the Direction or the Attorney-General withdraw it immediately, and that the Guidance Note be revised accordingly.
4.29 That the Attorney-General provide, within three sitting days, an explanation to the Senate responding to the matters raised in this report.
4.30 That the Senate censure the Attorney-General for misleading the parliament and failing to discharge his duties as Attorney-General appropriately.
Full report here.