Solicitor-General reappointed for 5-year term

Solicitor-General reappointed for 5-year term

29 November 2021 By Jerome Doraisamy
Dr Stephen Donaghue QC

Attorney-General Michaelia Cash has reappointed Dr Stephen Donaghue QC as the Solicitor-General of Australia.

Dr Donaghue’s reappointment is for a term of five years.


In a statement, Senator Cash said that 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,” she said.


“On behalf of the Australian government, I congratulate Dr Donaghue on his reappointment.”

The Solicitor-General is the second law officer of the Commonwealth and the principal legal counsel to the Australian government, the Attorney-General’s Department said in a statement.

“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,” it noted.

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.

Solicitor-General reappointed for 5-year term
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