George Brandis
Australian politician
George Brandis
George Henry Brandis, SC, Australian politician, has been a Liberal member of the Australian Senate representing Queensland since May 2000.
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'I didn't stuff it up like you have': Plibersek and Brandis clash on Q&A - Herald Sun
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Herald Sun 'I didn't stuff it up like you have': Plibersek and Brandis clash on Q&A Herald Sun WHEN she took her problem to Q&A, Fred Thorpe's wait for answers wasn't as long as the 90 minutes a day for two weeks she spent on the phone to Centrelink asking why her Disability Support Pension was being reviewed, but it was just as unproductive. Q&A: Tanya Plibersek, George Brandis clash on ABC panel showThe Australian Q&A recap: Questioner quietly fillets Humphrey B. Brandis on national televisionThe Sydney Morning Herald Q&A: Laughter as George Brandis says debt recovery notices can be fixed by contacting CentrelinkABC Online 9news.com.au -Pedestrian TV -Yahoo7 News -The New Daily all 16 news articles »
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Bishop quashes reshuffle talk - NEWS.com.au
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NEWS.com.au Bishop quashes reshuffle talk NEWS.com.au JULIE Bishop has brushed off rumours she wants a new job amid talk about a wider cabinet reshuffle. Speculation about a potential reshuffle flared again yesterday after the Foreign Affairs Minister confirmed defence and foreign policy talks in Japan ... George Brandis is 'not under consideration' for London postingThe Australian Financial Review Julie Bishop defends Marise Payne, answers reshuffle speculationThe Australian Julie Bishop says cabinet reshuffle not neededThe Guardian SBS -9news.com.au -Stock & Land -NT News all 7 news articles »
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LIVEBLOGLast Updated 2.20pm AESTPoliticsNow: live from Canberra, Senate, House of Reps - The Australian
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The Australian LIVEBLOGLast Updated 2.20pm AESTPoliticsNow: live from Canberra, Senate, House of Reps The Australian AUSTRALIAN POLITICS LIVE: Hello and welcome to PoliticsNow. It's the final sitting week of 2016. These stories have dominated the day so far: • The government have reached an agreement on a 15 per cent backpacker tax • George Brandis has declared ... George Brandis accused of 'throwing Joe Hockey under a bus'The Sydney Morning Herald George Brandis says there was no deal with WA on BellThe Australian Financial Review Brandis denies $1b Bell Group scandalNEWS.com.au Yahoo7 News -Herald Sun -Huffington Post Australia -ABC Online all 33 news articles »
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Bar association president welcomed the inquiry, describing rate of incarceration a "national disgrace" - ABC Online
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ABC Online Bar association president welcomed the inquiry, describing rate of incarceration a "national disgrace" ABC Online Federal Attorney-General George Brandis has announced the Government will ask the Australian Law Reform Commission to examine the factors leading to the overrepresentation of Indigenous Australians in prison. "I have decided to make a new reference ... Indigenous incarceration rates a 'tragedy'Sky News Australia George Brandis announces inquiry into Indigenous incarceration 'national tragedy'The Sydney Morning Herald Aboriginal jail rates a tragedy: BrandisNEWS.com.au SBS -Pro Bono Australia -Perth Now -The Young Witness all 14 news articles »
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Brandis rejects 'dog on lead' criticism - NEWS.com.au
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Gold Coast Bulletin Brandis rejects 'dog on lead' criticism NEWS.com.au George Brandis has rejected criticism from a former Howard government legal eagle who likened the attorney-general's controversial new legal rules to a "dog on a lead". And the attorney has in turn called out a Labor frontbencher for hypocrisy for ... Turnbull backs Brandis over advice stoushGold Coast Bulletin all 3 news articles »
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Labor's 'manic desire to oust Brandis' - NEWS.com.au
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NEWS.com.au Labor's 'manic desire to oust Brandis' NEWS.com.au LIBERAL-National Party Senator Ian Macdonald says Labor has politicised the bitter feud between the Attorney-General and Solicitor-General due to an “insatiable” desire to get rid of George Brandis. During a motion of urgency moved by Labor this ... George Brandis and Solicitor-General Justin Gleeson set for public showdownThe Sydney Morning Herald Same-sex marriage plebiscite expected to be formally struck down9news.com.au George Brandis vs Justin Gleeson: Two versions of same letter published amid legal stoushABC Online The Australian Financial Review -Yahoo7 News -Independent Australia -The Guardian all 15 news articles »
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Same-sex marriage: George Brandis flags exemptions for civil celebrants, extra funds for mental health - The Sydney Morning Herald
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The Sydney Morning Herald Same-sex marriage: George Brandis flags exemptions for civil celebrants, extra funds for mental health The Sydney Morning Herald Civil celebrants who oppose same-sex marriage would be allowed to refuse to officiate gay weddings under Attorney-General George Brandis' vision for marriage equality in Australia. The Turnbull government is also considering extra funding for mental ... Labor urges Senate to disallow George Brandis's veto over legal advice requestsThe Guardian VIDEO: Michelle Grattan on George Brandis' solicitor-general dramaThe Conversation AU Brandis doing 'fantastic job': FrydenbergNEWS.com.au 9news.com.au -The Australian -The Australian Financial Review -SBS all 58 news articles »
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Brandis urged to resign amid claims he misled parliament - The Sydney Morning Herald
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The Sydney Morning Herald Brandis urged to resign amid claims he misled parliament The Sydney Morning Herald Attorney-General George Brandis is facing calls to resign after the government's top legal adviser accused him of misleading Parliament, in a dramatic escalation of a toxic row between the country's two most senior legal officers. Senator Brandis has ... Labor calls for resignation of George Brandis following public stoush with solicitor-general Justin GleesonABC Online Bitter row between George Brandis and Solicitor-General flaresThe Conversation AU Solicitor-general Justin Gleeson not consulted on citizenship laws, marriage equality lawsThe Australian Financial Review SBS -The Australian -The Guardian all 8 news articles »
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Labor waiting for contact on gay marriage - dailytelegraph.com.au
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Ecigintelligenceinfo.com Labor waiting for contact on gay marriage dailytelegraph.com.au Labor is surprised at a suggestion from Attorney-General George Brandis the federal government may be open to compromise on the mechanics of the same-sex marriage plebiscite. Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus says there has been no direct ... 'Green-Left' stifling democracy with threats, tantrums on plebisciteThe Australian Attitudes to same-sex marriage show our Garden of Eden has values from the dawn of timeThe Age Vote reveals the haters of the LeftThe Advertiser The Sydney Morning Herald -Courier Mail -The Conversation AU -My Sunshine Coast (press release) all 23 news articles »
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Australian PM Turnbull handed early election trigger
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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was Monday handed his trigger to call July elections after the Senate for a second time rejected government legislation to re-establish a construction industry watchdog. Turnbull, who wrested the leadership from conservative Liberal Party colleague Tony Abbott in September, has threatened to hold national polls for both houses of parliament on July 2 unless the Senate passed two stalled bills relating to unions. "The result of the decision in the Senate a short while ago... means that the constitutional grounds for a double dissolution election exist," Attorney-General George Brandis said.
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Former Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick. Picture: Gary Ramage - NEWS.com.au
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NEWS.com.au Former Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick. Picture: Gary Ramage NEWS.com.au AUSTRALIA'S new Sex Discrimination Commissioner will be announced later this week, according to Attorney General George Brandis. Senator Brandis told a parliamentary committee that Cabinet had yesterday made a decision about the position. He said ... George Brandis says Peta Credlin 'never a candidate' for sex discrimination commissionerThe Guardian Sex discrimination chief known this weekThe Australian (blog) Peta Credlin as the new Sex Discrimination Commissioner? YES!Women's Agenda all 12 news articles »
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Indonesian Police Arrest 3 Suspected Militants Following ISIS Attack On Jakarta
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Suspected French extremist caught entering Australia
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A suspected French extremist carrying cans of chemical mace was caught trying to enter Australia two days after the Paris terror attacks, officials revealed on Wednesday, with security screening of travellers from Europe tightened up. Attorney-General George Brandis said the French national was detained at Melbourne airport on November 15 after arriving from the Middle East and deported. "There was an intervention by Australian Border Force including its counter-terrorism unit," Brandis told ABC radio.
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Australia passes law to strip militants of citizenship
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Australia's parliament has passed laws to strip dual nationals of their citizenship if they are convicted of terrorism offences or found to have fought with banned groups overseas, despite concerns about deporting known militants. Attorney-General George Brandis said the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) Bill, passed late Thursday, updated existing law to reflect "the new age of terrorism". "The legislation will strip Australian citizenship from dual citizens who are involved in terrorist conduct overseas or convicted of a terrorism offence in Australia," he said Friday.
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George Brandis gave $2.4m to adviser's former music group - The Australian
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The Australian George Brandis gave $2.4m to adviser's former music group The Australian Matthew Westwood, the newspaper's chief arts correspondent, was arts editor from 2008 to 2011. He has been writing about the performing arts, particularly classical music and opera, for two decades. He writes a column in the arts pages every Tuesday. and more »
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George Brandis: alienating Australian Muslims the 'worst thing we could do' - The Guardian
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The Guardian George Brandis: alienating Australian Muslims the 'worst thing we could do' The Guardian The attorney general, George Brandis, said 'Australia is the most successful multicultural society in the world and the Muslim community are a very important element of Australian society'. Photograph: Lukas Coch/AAP. Daniel Hurst Political correspondent. Fears Paris could inspire attacks in AustThe Australian (blog) Spies on high alert for Paris copycats9news.com.au Paris Attacks Australian Victim Shot at Bataclan Concert; Undergoes SurgeryAustralia Network News The Advertiser -ABC all 322 news articles »
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'Alarming emergence' of religious intolerance in Australia
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Australia is experiencing an "alarming emergence" of religious intolerance, Attorney-General George Brandis said on Thursday, calling for greater efforts to counter discrimination, particularly against Muslims and Christians. Brandis, who spoke at an inaugural Religious Freedom Roundtable, said he was fearful for religious freedom and tolerance in Australia. "Members of the Islamic community are sometimes the victims of suspicion and hostility directed against them by those ignorantly seeking to blame terrorist violence upon Koranic teaching," Brandis told the gathering of religious representatives in Sydney.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of George Brandis
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 57
    Following Malcolm Turnbull's successful spill of the leadership of the Liberal party in September 2015, Brandis was replaced as arts minister by Mitch Fifield.
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    As Arts Minister, Brandis received significant criticism from the arts industry for a $105 million cut to the Australia Council for the Arts funding in the 2015-16 Australian Federal Budget.
    More Details Hide Details The money was reallocated to a new program, The National Program for Excellence in the Arts (NPEA). The NPEA in turn has been criticised by many artists and arts organisations for lacking the "arms-length" funding principles that have applied to the relationship between the government and the Australia Council since its inception in the 1970s. These principles have traditionally had bipartisan support. Brandis had been criticised previously for giving Melbourne classical music record label Melba Recordings a $275,000 grant outside of the usual funding and peer-assessment processes. Brandis's changes to funding arrangements, including the quarantining of the amount received by Australia's 28 major performing arts companies, are widely seen to disadvantage the small-to-medium arts sector and independent artists.
    Further controversy arose when Triggs told a Senate Estimates hearing that Brandis' departmental secretary had on 3 February 2015 asked her to resign, just prior to the public release of the Commission's report.
    More Details Hide Details Triggs said that she was told that she would be offered "other work with the government" if she resigned. Initially the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, denied that any offer of any other role was made to Triggs. However, Bishop conceded that an international role had been discussed with Triggs in early February, during a meeting in her office with the secretary of the Attorney-General's Department, Chris Moraitis. Some government sources had suggested that Triggs had wanted to be "looked after" if she quit the Commission. However, Triggs said she "categorically denies any suggestion that the issue of a job offer and resignation came at her instigation". Triggs said at the Senate hearing that she considered the offer made to her a "disgraceful proposition". These events prompted Mark Dreyfus, Labor's Shadow Attorney-General, to refer the matter to the Australian Federal Police. Dreyfus said that an offer by Brandis to an independent statutory officer of an inducement to resign, with the object of affecting the leadership of the Commission to avoid political damage, may constitute corrupt or unlawful conduct. The Australian Senate also took up the matter, passing a motion to censure Brandis on 2 March.
    In February 2015, Brandis made headlines when he questioned the independence and impartiality of the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs, following the public release of a report by the Commission into children in detention which was critical of the Government.
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  • 2014
    Age 56
    Brandis said he had lost confidence in Triggs and the Commission because in October 2014 she had given "inconsistent and evasive" evidence to Senate estimates when explaining the timing of her decision to hold the investigation into children in detention which resulted in the report.
    More Details Hide Details Brandis said that the "political impartiality" of the Commission had been "fatally compromised" because the Commission had only investigated the issue after the Liberal-National Coalition were elected to power, even though there had been a large number of people in detention under the previous Labor government. This, Brandis claimed, was a "catastrophic error of judgement". Triggs defended her decision to commence the investigation in early 2014, saying that although the number of detainees had begun to fall while the Coalition were in Government, the length of time in detention had been rising.
    Brandis proposed draft legislative amendments in March 2014.
    More Details Hide Details The proposal met with criticism from the ALP, Liberal MP Ken Wyatt, and an alliance of racial minority representatives including Jewish lobby groups concerned with holocaust denials in the media. His view was ultimately not supported by his Cabinet colleagues.
    As Attorney-General in 2014, Brandis furthered his push to amend the RDA, in part to allow media commentators such as Andrew Bolt greater freedom of expression, and to legally ensure that "people do have a right to be bigots".
    More Details Hide Details Brandis labelled Bolt’s comments on mixed descent aboriginals, found by the Federal Court to be racial vilification, as ‘quite reasonable’, although the federal court found Bolt violated the RDA and the plaintiffs were awarded an apology and legal costs. Professor Marcia Langton was a vocal public critic of Brandis's proposed repeal of the part of the RDA on which the Bolt case was based.
  • 2013
    Age 55
    Brandis supported and approved a December 2013 ASIO raid on Bernard Collaery’s Canberra office (a legal representative for East Timor), where all documents and computers were seized by the government, and which Brandis claimed was for national security interests.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly after the raid, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that the Australian government was not permitted to use or view any of the raid evidence. Brandis claimed the ICJ ruling was a good outcome for the government. The Timor Gap case involved allegations of ASIS spying during commercial negotiations with the East Timorese over the $40 billion oil and gas reserves of the contested Greater Sunrise fields within the East Timorese exclusive economic zone. Additionally Brandis approved the ASIO raid and passport cancellation of a former Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) agent, who was a director of technical operations at ASIS and the whistle-blower on the allegations of commercial spying done by Australia on East Timor, which consequently prevented the unnamed former agent from testifying at the ICJ in the Netherlands.
    Brandis did not support the Labor government's proposed media reforms in 2013, and was outspoken in support of greater press freedom, particularly for Andrew Bolt who was found to have breached racial vilification laws in commenting on Indigenous Australians of mixed-race descent.
    More Details Hide Details Brandis believed section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) should be repealed in favour of greater freedom of expression.
    In early 2013 Brandis gained media publicity for his views on free speech and media regulation.
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  • 2011
    Age 53
    Brandis faced public scrutiny when it was revealed that in 2011 he had billed the taxpayer for attending the wedding ceremony of Sydney radio shock-jock Michael Smith, who had colluded with Brandis to publicise the Craig Thomson media saga.
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    In 2011 Brandis submitted specific accusations to NSW police commissioner Andrew Scipione that sitting federal M.P. Craig Thomson committed larceny and fraud through misuse of a credit card in the Health Services Union expenses affair which in turn led to public concern about the separation of powers between legislature and the judiciary.
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  • 2010
    Age 52
    Following re-election in 2010 Brandis was appointed Shadow Attorney-General, Shadow Minister for the Arts and Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate in the Abbott shadow ministry.
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    In January 2010, Brandis commented on a controversial debate between Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard and federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott on the topic of advice given to children regarding abstinence.
    More Details Hide Details Brandis suggested that as Ms Gillard did not have children, she did not have the understanding to comment on the issue of pre-marital sex.
  • 2008
    Age 50
    On 2 June 2008 Brandis, in his capacity as Shadow Attorney-General, referred the Same-Sex Relationships (Equal Treatment in Commonwealth Laws – Superannuation) Bill 2008 to a Senate committee for review.
    More Details Hide Details The aim of the bill was to remove legislative provisions that discriminated against gay and lesbian citizens, in this case relating to superannuation. Brandis stated that the Opposition believed discrimination of this type should be removed and supported the Labor government's bill against the more conservative elements of his own party. However, he insisted on a review of the proposed legislation prior to enactment. The bill was passed into law with bipartisan support on 9 December 2008. Brandis consistently opposed proposals for a bill of rights.
  • FORTIES
  • 2007
    Age 49
    On 6 December 2007 the new Leader of the Parliamentary Liberal Party, Brendan Nelson, appointed Brandis Shadow Attorney-General, a position he continued to hold under the leadership of Malcolm Turnbull.
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    He lost his ministerial position on the defeat of the Howard government in the 2007 election.
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    On 23 January 2007, Brandis was appointed Minister for the Arts and Sport, replacing Senator Rod Kemp.
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  • 2006
    Age 48
    On 23 October 2006, Brandis made headlines when he wanted Good Shepherd Catholic College in Mount Isa to ban from its school library the book "100 Greatest Tyrants" by British author Andrew Langley, which places Sir Robert Menzies, the longest serving Australian Prime Minister, in such company as Mao Zedong, Adolf Hitler, Pol Pot, Saddam Hussein and Augusto Pinochet.
    More Details Hide Details The book claims that Menzies was a tyrant (an abuser of political power) and that Menzies' most tyrannical act was when he wanted to ban the Communist Party of Australia. The school principal Mr Durie said "Obviously it's twaddle to suggest Menzies was a tyrant in the same class as Attila the Hun and that crowd", but refused to withdraw the book as it would be a resource for the generation of debate. Brandis claimed over $1000 in taxpayer expenses to attend the inaugural Sir Garfield Barwick address in Sydney on 28 June 2010. The event was billed as a Liberal party fund-raiser.
  • 2004
    Age 46
    Brandis was first chosen by the Parliament of Queensland to fill a casual vacancy following the resignation of Senator Warwick Parer. He was elected to a further six-year term at the 2004 election.
    More Details Hide Details In his period as a senator, he has served as Chairman of the Economics Committee and as Chairman of the Senate's Children Overboard Inquiry. In the wake of this inquiry, Brandis gained widespread attention when it was reported that he called Prime Minister John Howard "a lying rodent", a report he denied.
  • 2003
    Age 45
    Brandis has also made a number of public speeches, perhaps the most controversial of which was in 2003 when he described the Australian Greens as eco-fascist.
    More Details Hide Details Brandis also attacked the Greens in the Australian Senate where he stated "I intend to continue to call to the attention of the Australian people the extremely alarming, frightening similarities between the methods employed by contemporary green politics and the methods and the values of the Nazis". Prime Minister John Howard later distanced himself from Brandis's claim that the Greens use Nazi-style fanaticism in Australian politics.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1984
    Age 26
    He has also been an Associate of the Australian Institute for Ethics and the Professions, and lectured in jurisprudence at the University of Queensland from 1984 to 1991.
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  • 1983
    Age 25
    Following graduation, Brandis served as Associate to Justice Charles Sheahan of the Queensland Supreme Court. He was then elected a Commonwealth Scholar and obtained a Bachelor of Civil Law from Magdalen College, Oxford in 1983.
    More Details Hide Details After a brief period as a solicitor in Brisbane, Brandis was called to the Queensland Bar in 1985 and quickly developed a large commercial practice with a particular emphasis on trade practices law. He appeared as junior counsel in the High Court of Australia in the equity case Warman v Dwyer. He was also the junior barrister for the plaintiff in the long running Multigroup Distribution Services v TNT Australia litigation in the Federal Court of Australia. Brandis was appointed a Senior Counsel of the Supreme Court of Queensland in November 2006. In June 2013 the original title of Queen's Counsel was restored by the Queensland Government and Brandis was one of 70 (out of 74) Queensland SCs that chose to become QCs. He has co-edited two books on liberalism and published academic articles on various legal topics, one of which was cited by the High Court of Australia in the landmark defamation case ABC v O'Neill.
  • 1978
    Age 20
    Brandis was born in Sydney to and was brought up in the Inner-West suburb of Petersham. He attended Christian Brothers' High School, Lewisham before moving to Brisbane and attending Villanova College and the University of Queensland, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with First-Class Honours in 1978 and a Bachelor of Laws with First-Class Honours in 1980.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1957
    Born
    Born on June 22, 1957.
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