The Queensland Police "right to information" unit has refused to release information about the circumstances that led to the criminal case involving attorney general George Brandis's son being dropped.
Electoral disclosures show Tavoularis's law firm donated $1,200 to the LNP in the run up to the 2013 election, just weeks before Brandis became federal attorney general.
On Tuesday, Queensland Police refused to release to BuzzFeed News official communication between officers and lawyers involved in Simon Brandis's case, citing privacy concerns.
"I consider that the public interest considerations favouring non-disclosure outweigh the public interest considerations in favour of disclosure, in so far as the documents identify other persons and constitute a release of a third person’s personal information," said senior sergeant F Hayes from Queensland Police.
The Australian has reported the criminal case involved Simon Brandis and a group of friends taking bikes from outside of a student pub, but he's refused to answer questions from BuzzFeed News about the incident.
The opposition has been pursuing Brandis in parliament over the appointment of Tavoularis, calling it a "clear of conflict of interest".
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