Kirby J

BMX bicycle: A definition

KIRBY J: Could you explain to me what a BMX bike is? My rather cloistered life has prevented my ever getting to know what that form of bicycle is.  Read more »

Citation: Leyden v Caboolture Shire Council [2007] HCATrans 475

The Sony Playstation

GLEESON CJ: You will explain to us how you find a matching bet?

MR S J GAGELER SC: I will, yes. That brings me to the little demonstration, your Honours. Your Honours ought have a bundle of material which is entitled “Demonstration of Online Betting”.

HAYNE J: How much of this is on the CD?

MR GAGELER: This is all on the CD, your Honour. On the CD it is——

KIRBY J: We had a Playstation shown to us in Sony and it was very exciting. Why did you not try that?  Read more »

Citation: Betfair Pty Ltd v Western Australia [2007] HCATrans 634

Cricket in the High Court

Especially noteworthy is his Honour's use of the plural 'forms', suggesting that the advent of one-day and twenty-twenty matches are both recent developments.

KIRBY J: Sounds like the argument at the time about the new forms of cricket.

MR GAGELER: That is right.

KIRBY J: When new international approaches came which were linked to the new technology of television everybody said this is the end of civilisation as we know it but, in fact——

MR GAGELER: That is a very good analogy, your Honour, my learned friend from the West says it was.  Read more »

Citation: Betfair Pty Ltd v Western Australia [2007] HCATrans 634


KIRBY J: What is a wuss?

MR P J HANKS QC: I think in Victoria it is a wooz.

KIRBY J: What is it?

McHUGH J: It is you when you drink only one glass of beer.

KIRBY J: I would not fall out of the window.

CALLINAN J: This is real Clint Eastwood, John Wayne stuff.

Citation: Roncevich v Repatriation Commission (2005) 222 CLR 115


An old classic.

CALLINAN J: Mr Jackson, it seems to me that clearly the people at the party, including Ms Joslyn and Mr Berryman, went out with the intention of getting drunk.

MR D F JACKSON QC: It would be a big night, your Honour, big night.

CALLINAN J: With the intention of getting drunk and they fulfilled that intention.

MR JACKSON: Well, your Honour, young people sometimes——  Read more »

Citation: Joslyn v Berryman (2003) 214 CLR 552
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