AUSTRALIA’S top court is set to confirm three of the countrys most senior judges as judges on Tuesday, after the prime minister’s son and daughter announced their intention to become the country’s first female Supreme Court justices.
Key points:The PM’s daughter and son announced they would be joining the high court as judgesThe PM had previously been a judge before becoming PMIn a move that shocked the nation, Mr Turnbull announced his daughters, aged 30 and 25, and son, aged 34, would join the court in January.
Mr Turnbull had previously indicated he would be appointing a female Supreme Judicial Commissioner but the Government changed its mind, with a statement from Attorney-General George Brandis saying the government was “not in the business of confirming or rejecting applications”.
Mr Turnbull said the women would be appointed to the high Court because of the “great value they bring to the court” and said his “long-held commitment” to gender equality in the judiciary would remain unchanged.
“As a result of the Government’s new commitment to equality, I am appointing my daughters and son to the High Court as I seek to be a role model for women in the justice system,” Mr Turnbull said in a statement.
Mr Brandis said he had received a “strong response” to his statement and was “confident” the appointments would be “fair and just”.
“I’m confident the decisions made today will provide a strong model for how our country should operate,” Mr Brandis told reporters in Canberra.
Mr Abbott, who was first elected to the Parliament in 2003, is expected to name the two new judges as part of a three-month appointment process to fill the vacancy on the high courts created by the retirement of Justice Michael Kirby, who died in September.
“It is a very special day for Australian democracy,” Mr Abbott said in Canberra, as he announced the appointments.
“Today I am proud to announce my daughters, age 30 and 26, as Supreme Court judges, while my son, age 34, is also joining the High Commission to the Commonwealth.”
He has been a very successful member of the court for 20 years, with all due respect, he has a wonderful family, they love Australia and he is very proud of them.””
It’s not the sort of thing you just get through.
It’s very much a long process, a very demanding process, and that’s why I’m delighted to announce the appointments of these two highly qualified and accomplished women,” Mr Trudeau said.”
The Court will be filled with outstanding judges from all walks of life and the Court will provide the most important forum in Australia for the debate and debate on important issues, especially those relating to the role of the Commonwealth in our society.
“The announcement came a day after Mr Turnbull also announced the appointment of two new justices from the Australian Capital Territory to the Supreme Court, one of whom is an ethnic minority.
It comes as the Government is set for a major reshuffle of the high judiciary.
It has already appointed Justice Stephen Groom to the Court of Appeal and Justice David O’Connor to the Federal Court.
Mr O’Connell, who is from the Northern Territory, has previously been the chief justice of the NT Supreme Court.
The two new appointments come after the Government appointed a woman to the Victorian Supreme Court last week.
Justice Kate Murphy, who will take up her judicial post in the new year, was appointed to replace Justice Margaret White, who stepped down from the Supreme Courts in March.
The appointment was welcomed by the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mark Dreyfus, who said the appointments were a “good first step towards restoring equality to the Australian judiciary”.”
The Government’s decision to appoint two Indigenous women to the highest court in Australia, and two Indigenous judges in the Federal Circuit, signals a significant and welcome step forward for Indigenous women and their rights in the Commonwealth of Australia,” Mr Dreyffus said.
Justice Murphy has already served on the High Courts in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia.
The Government is also set to replace former Federal Court judge, Justice Catherine Latham, who left the court to become an adviser to the Prime Minister’s Office.
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We all know Justice Latham was one of the most respected and respected voices in the Court, and in fact she has been very much one of our key advisers, especially in relation to the appointment process,” Mr Latham said.
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