15.7 C
Byron Shire
May 10, 2021

George Brandis’ shift to UK ‘not his idea’

Latest News

Assange’s father to beg Biden for son’s freedom

John Shipton, father of detained WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, says he’ll return to the United States to ask President Joe Biden to drop legal action against his son.

Other News

Greater Sydney under COVID related restrictions

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has just announced that greater Sydney area will go into lockdown until next Monday.

Echo turns 35 and You are invited!

This year The Echo turns 35, and to celebrate this momentous anniversary they are putting on The Echo Community Awards – and everyone is invited!

Jonson Street bus shelter gone and an era ended

Byron Shire Council says that the wooden bus shelter on Jonson Street outside the Byron Visitors Centre is being removed today with all bus services operating from the new bus interchange on Butler Street in Byron Bay

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: Killer Crocs!

When I was 18, to rebel against the world my parents had created, I shaved a half Mohawk, encouraged my hair to stand on end, grew my armpit hair, wore torn black rags, too much eyeliner and wore 18-hole Dr. Martens boots. These days, to give their parents the shits, the kids are wearing Crocs. With socks. They’re going for comfort.

No air for Ben

Rhonda Ansiewicz, Federal Stop giving Franklin air time. Mayor Richardson, in his usual fashion, joins up with his mate Franklin...

Wanted: Bangalow and Byron ‘Induzzy’ reps for town projects

Residents of Bangalow and the Byron Arts and Industry Estate are invited to apply for positions on the Byron Shire Council’s Place Planning Collective

Outgoing Attorney-General George Brandis has admitted that leaving politics to become Australia’s High Commissioner in London was not his idea.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will formally propose Senator Brandis for the new role early next year after calling time on 17 years as a Queensland senator.

After conceding the appointment was Canberra’s “worst-kept secret”, Senator Brandis denied he was told his time was up due to poor ministerial performance.

“I wouldn’t say it was my idea,” Senator Brandis said on the ABC’s 7.30 report on Tuesday night.

“It was something that developed in discussion and it was something that I was attracted to.”

Senator Brandis said he did not believe colleagues were plotting to push him out of parliament when discussions about taking up the diplomatic position started earlier in the year.

“It is a post that I have often thought would be a post for which I would have certain suitabilities,” he said.

Mr Turnbull paid tribute to the former cabinet minister, who will replace one-time federal Liberal leader Alexander Downer in London, where he has spent three years as High Commissioner.

“It is a very, very important time in the history of the United Kingdom and there is a lot at stake for Australia in our relations with the UK,” Mr Turnbull said in announcing a cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday.

Senator Brandis, a key advocate within the coalition for legalising same-sex marriage, leaves parliament after seeing the law passed on his final day in the Senate.

Mr Turnbull said the historic change happened in no small measure to to his “eloquent advocacy”.

The prime minister also praised Senator Brandis over a national security review which resulted in foreign interference legislation which is before the parliament.

“The most sweeping reforms ever made to keep us safe from hostile foreign interference are his handiwork and will be an important part of his legacy,” Mr Turnbull said.

In 2014, Senator Brandis famously declared people had the “right to be bigots” during a debate on changing racial discrimination laws.

The Queen’s Counsel last year had a high-profile bust-up with former solicitor-general Justin Gleeson, who subsequently resigned over the pair’s “broken” relationship.

The 60-year-old entered parliament in 2000 and was made arts and sport minister in 2007 under John Howard.

When the Tony Abbott-led coalition came to power in 2013, Senator Brandis became attorney-general and arts minister.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Linnaeus Estate DA raises residents concerns

Community concern over the current development application (DA: 10.2021.170.1) for Linnaeus Estate in Broken Head has led to detailed analysis of the DA.

Echo turns 35 and You are invited!

This year The Echo turns 35, and to celebrate this momentous anniversary they are putting on The Echo Community Awards – and everyone is invited!

Comparissons

Gareth Smith, Byron Bay Trade Minister Dan Tehan wants to refer China to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) because he deems its imposition of tariffs...

‘Natural’ cruelty

Richard Swinton, Clunes While I agree with Desmond Bellamy’s concerns about animal cruelty, the issue of ‘natural’ cruelty if the kangaroo population explodes has to...