Labor has released a scathing statement accusing the attorney general George Brandis of a "clear conflict of interest" after BuzzFeed News revealed he appointed his son's criminal lawyer and a party donor to a lucrative government position.
Dreyfus also listed questions Brandis "must immediately answer" in relation to the story:
– Did he declare this conflict of interest issue to the Cabinet when the appointment was made?
– Did he have any contact with Mr Tavoularis before, or after his appointment?
– Was Senator Brandis aware that Mr Tavoularis was a donor to the Queensland Liberal National Party?
– Did the Attorney-General’s Department recommend that Mr Tavoularis be appointed to the role, or was this appointment Senator Brandis’ idea?
Brandis's office has repeatedly refused to answer questions from BuzzFeed News about the appointment.
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