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Independent National Security Legislation Monitor appointed

Media Release

Attorney-General Christian Porter today announced the substantive appointment of Mr Grant Donaldson SC as Australia's fourth Independent National Security Legislation Monitor (INSLM).

Mr Donaldson has been acting INSLM since July 2020 while preparatory arrangements for his permanent appointment were made.

The INSLM independently reviews the operation, effectiveness and implications of Australia's national security and counter terrorism laws.

Mr Donaldson brings a wealth of legal and public policy expertise to the role. He served as the Solicitor-General for Western Australia from 2012 to 2016. Mr Donaldson has held senior leadership positions in the Western Australian Bar Association and the Legal Practice Board of Western Australia.

The Attorney-General congratulated Mr Donaldson on his appointment.

For more information about the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor, visit the INSLM website.

Biography

Mr Donaldson graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Jurisprudence in 1983 and Bachelor of Laws in 1984. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Civil Laws in 1987.

After graduating, Mr Donaldson was a partner at the firm now known as King and Wood Mallesons, and worked as Senior Assistant Crown Counsel at the Crown Solicitor's Office of Western Australia. He was called to the Bar in 1998 and then appointed Senior Counsel in 2004. He served as the Solicitor-General for Western Australia from 2012 and 2016. He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Law, and has been a visiting fellow at the Law School of the University of Western Australia since 1991.