Back­ing for top lawyer

The Dominion Post - - World -

Aus­tralian At­tor­ney Gen­eral Ge­orge Bran­dis has thrown his sup­port be­hind the govern­ment’s top lawyer af­ter Fri­day’s de­ci­sion by the High Court was con­trary to his ad­vice. The High Court ruled five par­lia­men­tar­i­ans who hold dual cit­i­zen­ship con­sti­tu­tion­ally in­el­i­gi­ble to nom­i­nate for par­lia­ment at the 2016 elec­tion, in­clud­ing deputy prime min­is­ter Barn­aby Joyce and deputy Na­tion­als leader Fiona Nash. ‘‘I have an enor­mous amount of con­fi­dence in Stephen Don­aghue the So­lic­i­tor-Gen­eral,’’ Sen­a­tor Bran­dis said yes­ter­day. Sen­a­tor Bran­dis also has no rea­son to be­lieve any other mem­ber of the coali­tion govern­ment is a dual cit­i­zen.

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