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Green's farewell the 'great dissenter'

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Media Release | Spokesperson Scott Ludlam Monday 2nd February 2009, 12:00am

The Greens Attorney Generals Spokesperson, Senator Scott Ludlam says Justice Michael

Kirby will be greatly missed, when he officially retires from the High Court today.

"Justice Kirby is someone who has made a huge contribution to public life, to the legal

fraternity and to law in Australia. He is a man of enormous intelligence and I know he will be

greatly missed from the High Court. He leaves a great legacy in his many judgements."

"Justice Kirby's willingness to stand up for what he believes in and his openness about his

sexuality, has made him an inspiration to many people. I have no doubt that he will continue

to inspire in this next chapter of his life. We in the Greens wish him all the best for the


Justice Kirby retires today after serving 13 years on the High Court.

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