"Well... that’s a definitional issue I think," replied Brandis.
"No no no, on WhatsApp you can set up a group where you can communicate, do you have a cabinet group?" asked Wong.
Brandis didn't want to provide a "technical description", which suggested the cabinet did indeed have its own group.
The PM's cybersecurity adviser said that just like text messages, WhatsApp conversations were subject to Freedom of Information laws.
The attorney general said the communication on the app was "nothing of public sensitivity ", so was pushed by Wong to release his WhatsApp conversations.
"Are you prepared to give us a copy of your cabinet WhatsApp chat? You can export it as a text file," said Wong.
"It is entirely unremarkable," replied Brandis.
Wong asked again, "well then why don't you give us a copy of the chat?"
Brandis then sat in silence for several seconds and did not reply.