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New High Court judge appointed

Broadcast: 13/08/2007

Reporter: Tony Jones

Queenslander Susan Kiefel has been named as the replacement for Justice Ian Callinan when he
retires from the High Court bench next month.


TONY JONES: The High Court will soon have a new judge, with Queenslander Susan Kiefel named tonight
as the next appointment to the bench.

She'll replace justice Ian Callinan next month when he turns 70, the mandatory retirement age. The
53-year-old Queenslander becomes the second woman sitting on the seven-person High Court bench, the
Government declaring her gender was not an issue in her selection. She rose to the top of the legal
fraternity after dropping out of high school aged 14.