Attorney general George Brandis has broken his silence on the recent government appointment of his son's criminal lawyer, claiming he never knew the man was also a Liberal National Party donor.
Brandis released a statement on Friday, defending Tavoularis' appointment and making no mention of the fact the lawyer also represented his son in a 2014 criminal case.
Tavoularis' law firm donated $1,200 to the Queensland Liberal National Party in August 2013, one month before the federal election and George Brandis' elevation to the post of attorney general.
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