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Former High Court judge, outspoken conservative and (according to the High Court itself) sexual harasser “Dirty” Dyson Heydon AC is obsessed with “probity”. In a 2002 speech, he used the term -- meaning “the quality of having strong moral principles, honesty and decency” -- several times:

It is largely judges, not jurors, who now decide disputes. In fulfilling that task, judges ... need two things above all. One is a firm grip on the applicable law. The other is total probity.

Yesterday afternoon it was revealed that the married father of four had been found to have sexually harassed six young female judges’ associates (claims he's denied through his lawyers).