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Govt has to trust its lawyer: Morrison

AAP logoAAP 24/10/2016

Treasurer Scott Morrison says the government needed to be able to trust its own lawyer and Solicitor-General Justin Gleeson had taken the honourable course of action in quitting.

Mr Morrison said Mr Gleeson had put himself in an untenable position when he engaged with the opposition during the election campaign.

"The government has to be able to trust its own lawyer. Sadly, I think the course of events we have seen over the various months has led to the position where the former solicitor-general has taken what I think was the only course of action," he told ABC television.

Mr Gleeson announced his resignation on Monday following a well-publicised row with Attorney-General George Brandis over differing views on Senator Brandis' proposal for new procedures to seek legal advice.

Mr Morrison rejected suggestions that there should be an inquiry.

"The government has explained these matters and the solicitor-general, on a decision of his own, has decided to resign his position, and I think that settles the matter," he said.

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