Brandis defends legal costs
Attorney-General George Brandis has defended the big legal bills that taxpayers will be made to pay for the dual citizenship legal process.
Taxpayers will reportedly fork out more than $130,000 a day on barristers for each day of the High Court case, with overall costs likely to exceed $2 million.
“I think most people would accept there is a very important public interest here in getting this section of the Constitution right,” Senator Brandis said yesterday. “It is the practice — and it’s been a longstanding practice — that when there is a very important matter of constitutional principle at issue then the Commonwealth pays the costs.”
The High Court, sitting as the Court of Disputed Returns, heard final legal arguments on Thursday afternoon after three days of hearings.
The full bench will return on Tuesday, with the seven current and former Federal politicians facing an anxious wait for a ruling on whether their dual citizenship status should disqualify them from sitting in Parliament.
Senator Brandis refused to speculate about the outcome.