On July 12, 2015, I posted a copy of an ABC Insiders interview in which I accidently named Senator Eric Abetz rather than Attorney General Senator George Brandis. I apologise unreservedly to Senator Eric Abetz and have attached part of a story which appeared that morning which was the source of my comment.
“Barristers and solicitors are raking in about $25 million of taxpayer cash for their work on the commission – and that doesn't include their expenses.
It's well known that counsel assisting Jeremy Stoljar, who came under fire from Labor figures this week for his tough grilling of Mr Shorten, is getting paid $3.3 million for his efforts.
But he's not the only barrister taking home a big pay packet.
An analysis of government contracts published on the AusTender website shows at least four other Sydney-based silks have been contracted.
Michael Elliott is getting $1.3 million, Richard Scruby $960,000, Sarah McNaughton $866,000 and Fiona Roughley $831,000.
But the biggest winner is possibly law firm Minter Ellison, Attorney-General George Brandis' former employer.
The firm was originally awarded a $2 million contract but that figure quickly grew to about $8 million.
It has now ballooned to $17 million”.