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Geoffrey Nettle an excellent appointment to the High Court

By all acGeoffrey Nettlecounts, the Abbott Government’s appointment of Geoffrey Nettle QC as the next High Court judge is a safe and sound choice. According to Attorney-General George Brandis:

I can tell you that, in consulting widely in relation to this appointment, Justice Nettle’s name came up time and time again as a particularly eminent candidate for appointment to the High Court.

Justice Nettle has a reputation for being a strong believer in precedent. I believe that this is a good thing. Activist judges tend to make decisions which push certain political agendas from the bench. In contrast, Justice Nettle wants to apply the law rather than make it.

Labor’s legal affairs spokesman Mark Dreyfus has welcomed the appointment:

Justice Nettle has been prominent in the Victorian legal community for decades, appearing in many landmark cases as counsel

His appointment to the High Court of Australia will enable him to build on the service has given to the people of Victoria, to now serve the whole of our nation.

Nice to see some rare bipartisanship.

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High Court makes right call on ACT gay marriage laws

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No matter what your views about the issue of same-sex marriage are, and the merits or otherwise of same-sex marriage, I strongly believe that the High Court made the right decision in today unanimously declaring the ACT Marriage Equality (Same Sex) Act 2013 invalid.
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