About the Attorney-General
Senator the Hon George Brandis QC was born in Sydney and grew up in Brisbane. He was educated at the University of Queensland (from which he graduated with first class honours in Arts and Law) and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he obtained a Bachelor of Civil Law and won the Sir Rupert Cross Prize.
On his return from the United Kingdom, Senator Brandis worked as a lawyer at Minter Ellison before going to the Bar in 1985. He established a successful commercial practice specialising in equity and trade practices law. He took silk in 2006. He was for several years a part-time lecturer in Jurisprudence at the University of Queensland Law School.
Senator Brandis was selected to fill a casual Senate vacancy in May 2000, representing the state of Queensland. He was re-elected in 2004 and 2010.
Senator Brandis has served as a Minister in the Howard, Abbott and Turnbull governments. He has held the portfolios of Attorney-General and Vice-President of the Executive Council since September 2013. A member of the Liberal Party’s Leadership Group since May 2010, Senator Brandis was appointed Leader of the Government in the Senate in September 2015.