Ex-attorney Brandis named as ANU professor

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Former attorney-general George Brandis says the coalition will be in a competitive position to contest the next election, despite the party's recent loss.

The former Liberal senator has been appointed to a new role in his post-political life, being named as a national security professor at the Australian National University.

The new role as part of the university's National Security College comes after Mr Brandis finished up a four-year stint as high commissioner to the UK.

Mr Brandis said his new teaching role would be familiar to him.

"It's a position that's largely reflective in different dimensions what I've been doing the last eight and a half years, as attorney-general first and then as high commissioner," he told AAP.

"It enables me to bring the experience of national security policy I've had in those roles to ANU."

The former high commissioner finished his stint in April before the recent federal election, where the coalition lost government after nine years in power.

While he did not want to comment on the result, Mr Brandis said he expected the next election, due by 2025, to be close.

"Every Australian election is competitive, there's no such thing as an unwinnable or unlosable election," he said.

"There's a lot of water under the bridge between now and 2025, and I don't think anyone is in a position to say who will win the next election."

Despite the change of government, the former high commissioner said Australia's relationship with the UK would continue to be strong, coming off the back of the AUKUS security pact and recent trade deals.

"We're more aligned than we've ever been, with the free trade agreement in particular," he said.

The role of high commissioner to the UK currently remains vacant, with former Australian ambassador to Germany, Lynette Wood, being appointed in an acting role.

A permanent replacement has yet to be found, with it rumoured former health minister Greg Hunt is in line to replace Mr Brandis.

Mr Brandis said while the new government had only been in office for a month, it was critical for a new high commissioner to be appointed.

"With the importance of the relationship between Australia and the UK recently ... it's a position that needs to be filled without delay."

The Australian National University said the appointment of Mr Brandis would help drive important work on national security.

"The position of professor in the practice of national security brings to ANU the opportunity for students to engage directly with former senior officials who have practical experience at the highest levels of national security policymaking and law reform," the university said in a statement.

Former ASIO director-general Duncan Lewis also holds the same role at ANU.

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