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Senator Brandis graduated from the University of Queensland with double first class honours in Law and Arts. After winning a scholarship to undertake postgraduate legal studies at Oxford, he received a Bachelor of Civil Law and won the Rupert Cross prize.
Prior to entering Parliament, Senator Brandis worked as a solicitor at Minter Ellison. In 1985, he was called to the Bar where he established a commercial practice specialising in Trade Practices. He was appointed a silk in 2006.
Senator Brandis’ Parliamentary service began in May 2000, when he was selected to fill a casual Senate vacancy for the state of Queensland. In his early years in the Senate, he attracted attention for his work in Senate Committees. He was Chair of the Senate Economics Committee for five years.
In 2007, he was promoted to the Ministry, as Minister for the Arts and Sports.
Following the change of government in late 2007, Senator Brandis was appointed Shadow Attorney-General. He was later elected Deputy Leader of the Government in Senate in May 2010. The Arts portfolio was also added to his portfolio responsibilities later that year.
On 18 September 2013, Senator Brandis was sworn in as a member of the First Abbott Cabinet. He was appointed as Attorney-General, Minister for the Arts and Vice-President of the Executive Council—the positions in which he currently serves. He is also the Deputy Leader of the Government in the Senate.