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Diversity among judges is matter of legitimacy and equality, but also a help in decision-making

OPINION: Professor Andrew Lynch, The Australian, 19 December 2014.

Geoffrey Nettle’s appointment to the High Court on the retirement of Susan Crennan means the gender balance on the nation’s top court falls back to five male and two female judges. Yet this consequence of Nettle’s well-­received appointment barely raised an eyebrow.

Why was that? Does gender still matter in the composition of the High Court?

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