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Advice on same-sex marriage plebiscite intensified row between George Brandis and top adviser

Associate Professor Gabrielle Appleby speaks to The Sydney Morning Herald (6 October 2016), regarding the recent tension between Attorney-General George Brandis and Solicitor-General Justin Gleeson on the same-sex marriage plebiscite.

Professor Appleby said there was a risk that governments seeking opinions from lawyers other than the Solicitor-General might be "shopping around for politically convenient opinions and not accepting the opinion of the statutorily independent, apolitical Solicitor-General".

"The Solicitor-General's opinions are usually treated as final and authoritative within government and that is for good reason" she said.

"The Solicitor-General is a very senior, very experienced lawyer and . . . they have the protection of independence and status given by the statute."

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