So long, Justice Kirby, you will be missed

Justice Michael Kirby, in my opinion one of the greatest judges to ever sit in the High Court, retires from the bench today:

There have been many times since Justice Kirby joined the High Court in 1996, and especially during the Howard Government years, that Kirby J seemed like the leading voice of reason and compassion. He has systematically defended the rights of the downtrodden and the marginalised – whether they be refugees, Aboriginal peoples, homosexuals or women. I can only hope the High Court continues his legacy.