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.