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Reappointment of Solicitor-General

Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Media Release

I am pleased to announce the reappointment of Dr Stephen Donaghue QC as the Solicitor-General for a term of 5 years.

Dr Donaghue has served the Commonwealth ably as Solicitor-General, both appearing before the courts in significant litigation and providing trusted advice on key government policies. He has also played an active role in identifying, raising and managing matters of whole-of-government legal risk, including through his role on the Significant Legal Issues Committee.

The Solicitor-General is the second Law Officer of the Commonwealth and the principal legal counsel to the Australian Government. In addition to leading the Commonwealth in significant matters before the courts, the Solicitor-General provides advice to the Government on questions of law as they arise, in particular on constitutional and other public law matters.

On behalf of the Australian Government, I congratulate Dr Donaghue on his reappointment.


Dr Donaghue holds a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Oxford as well as a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne. Prior to his appointment as Solicitor-General, Dr Donaghue had practised as a barrister after being called to the Victorian Bar in 2001. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2011 and subsequently Queen’s Counsel in 2014.