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TBA George Brandis

20232023

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Qualifications

BA (Hons), LLB (Hons) (Qld.), BCL (Oxon.), QC

Biography

George Brandis QC is a graduate of the University of Queensland and the University of Oxford.  He practised as a barrister for 15 years, specializing in commercial law, equity and competition law, and appeared in many leading cases.  He also lectured in Jurisprudence at the University of Queensland Law School.

In 2000, Professor Brandis was selected by the Liberal Party to fill a casual Senate vacancy for the State of Queensland, and was re-elected to the Senate in 2004, 2010 and 2016.  He served as a Minister under Prime Ministers Howard, Abbott and Turnbull.  He was the 36th Attorney-General of Australia during the Abbott and Turnbull Governments.  At various times he also served as Minister for the Arts, Minister for Sport, Vice-President of the Executive Council, Chairman of the Senate Economics Committee and Chairman of the Senate Privileges Committee.  He was the Leader of the Government in the Senate during the Turnbull Government. 

Professor Brandis retired from politics in February 2018 to become Australia's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, a post he held for four years.   Upon his return to Australia, he was appointed by the Australian National University as Professor in the Practice of National Security.

Professor Brandis is an Honorary Bencher of Lincoln's Inn, an Honorary Freeman of the City of London and an Honorary Fellow of St John's College (University of Queensland).