George Brandis takes a swipe at Peter Dutton and ‘right wing politics’ in farewell speech

Senator Brandis delivers his final speech to the Senate.

He observed “powerful elements of right-wing politics” had abandoned the liberal tradition in favour of “a belligerent, intolerant populism which shows no respect for either the rights of individual citizens or the traditional institutions which protect them”.

Senator Brandis did not name Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton in his speech, but delivered a pointed barb at Mr Dutton’s recent disparaging of “un-Australian” lawyers and “weak” judges.

 

“I have not disguised my concern at attacks upon the institutions of the law – the courts and those who practice in them,” he said. “To attack those institutions is to attack the rule of law itself.”

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