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THE HIGH Court’s Chief Justice Murray Gleeson has been named the sixth most overtly powerful Australian in the latest issue of the AFR Magazine, up a couple of places on last year.The judging…

THE HIGH Court’s Chief Justice Murray Gleeson has been named the sixth most overtly powerful Australian in the latest issue of the AFR Magazine, up a couple of places on last year.

The judging panel, comprising 12 prominent leaders in business and government, said that in clearing the way for a federal takeover of industrial relations, accepting the sweeping terrorism legislation and paving the way for a national water policy, the High Court’s highest judge had “fundamentally reshaped Australian society”.

Panel member Heather Ridout, chief executive of Australian Industry Group, said the IR decision “was a huge decision and went way beyond the issue of industrial relations. It went to the whole role of the states in a range of areas. That was a very big decision.”

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