The Abbott Government has made history by appointing three women to the High Court – the highest number of female judges to sit on the bench at one time.
Federal court judge Michelle Gordon has been appointed as the next Justice of the High Court of Australia.
She will be the third woman to currently sit on the High Court bench, along with Justice Virginia Bell and Justice Susan Kiefel. She will be the 52nd Justice and the fifth female Justice.
“Justice Gordon has enjoyed long and distinguished career in the law, both at the bar and on the bench,” Attorney-General Brandis said of the appointment.
“She quickly became on of the leaders at the Bar, establishing a busy practise specialising in commercial law, trade practises and taxation. In 2003, Her Honour took silk after only eleven years,” he said.
Gordon will replace her husband Justice Kenneth Hayne, who has been on the bench since 1997 and will retire when he turns 60 on June 5. This will be the first time a sitting judge will replace his or her partner on the bench.
Her appointment means the court has a four-three gender split, making the ratio more evenly balanced than at any point in the past.
Justice Gordon, who will turn 51 this year, is the youngest judge on the bench and will be able to serve on the High Court for 19 years.
Justice Michelle Gordon will be sworn in on June 9. – Vishnavi Kulenthirarasa
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