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(generated from captions) At the Bar, the practice included constitutional law, administrative law, criminal law, migration, intellectual property trade practices, general commercial law and tax. And I think you can all see that's a very wide pedigree.

60-year-old Justice Crennan will replace Michael McHugh, who retires in November. The Shadow Attorney-General, who once worked for Justice Mary Gaudron, has applauded the choice. She's clearly a very capable woman and we're pleased the the Government has recognised that there are many capable women - and she is one of them - they could appoint and have done so, so good on 'em. But the appointment's not without controversy. Justice Crennan will become the second Victorian judge on the current bench, prompting criticism

that candidates from some States have been repeatedly overlooked. There has never been a High Court judge from South Australia or from Tasmania, and when you live in a country like ours, I think some sort of geographic balance is important. Labor also wants more scrutiny of judicial appointments. While not advocating a US-style confirmation process, Nicola Roxon says the appointments shouldn't be made behind closed doors by Cabinet alone. a more active nomination process, I think there needs to be a more open discussion of people who are interested and qualified for the positions. I don't think we should be scared of that and I think we probably need to get over the idea

that it's somehow beneath people to put their name forward for judicial appointments. The Government, though, has shown no inclination towards changing the process. Justice Crennan takes her position on the bench in November. Dana Robertson, Lateline. Next week, the PM will host an anti-terror summit in Canberra with State Premiers to discuss a raft of new hardline laws.

But a former SAS officer who fought al-Qaeda in Afghanistan believes it's time for a more practical approach to preparing for such an attack. Tonight, he outlines a terrorist bombing scenario in Melbourne - named last week as a target in an al-Qaeda video - and describes how ordinary workers and shoppers should react. This story from Lateline's Margot O'Neill. It's peak hour on a Monday morning - under one of Melbourne's busiest intersections at Federation Square,