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Australia's defamation laws are ripe for overhaul
Opinion
Opinion

Australia's defamation laws are ripe for overhaul

Whatever our self-perception may be that we are a laid-back people, many of us are swift to threaten defamation action.

  • by David Rolph

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Emma Husar seeks special damages in BuzzFeed defamation case
Defamation

Emma Husar seeks special damages in BuzzFeed defamation case

Ms Husar launched defamation proceedings against Buzzfeed and journalist Alice Workman in the Federal Court on Thursday.

  • by Georgina Mitchell
Plastic surgeon settles defamation case over call from patient's ex-husband
Defamation

Plastic surgeon settles defamation case over call from patient's ex-husband

Kourosh Tavakoli, the plastic surgeon from Double Bay, alleged he was called a "fraud" in a 2017 phone call.

  • by Georgina Mitchell
War criminal might have won defamation case under court's new rules
Defamation

War criminal might have won defamation case under court's new rules

In 2009 The Australian turned the NSW Supreme Court into a de facto war crimes tribunal, and won. Would that even be possible in the Federal Court now?

  • by Michael Bachelard
'I am not Sharon Stone, I am not a thief': Emma Husar launches defamation action against BuzzFeed
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'I am not Sharon Stone, I am not a thief': Emma Husar launches defamation action against BuzzFeed

A Labor MP under a preselection cloud has announced she is mounting a law suit against an online media site.

  • by Latika Bourke
'Cult leader' used defamation case to inflict pain on blogger: court
Courts

'Cult leader' used defamation case to inflict pain on blogger: court

A self-styled healer who leads a "socially harmful cult" used defamation proceedings to inflict pain upon and intimidate a woman who exposed him, a court heard.

  • by Michaela Whitbourn & Angus Thompson
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Defamation review to examine 'unreasonable limits' on public interest reports
Defamation

Defamation review to examine 'unreasonable limits' on public interest reports

A NSW-led review of the country's defamation laws will consider whether the laws place unreasonable limits on the publication of matters in the public interest.

  • by Michaela Whitbourn
How a zombie case came back to life thanks to Australia's defamation law
Defamation

How a zombie case came back to life thanks to Australia's defamation law

The Chelmsford deep sleep scandal happened in the 1960s and '70s. Now a publisher is being asked to prove the truth of issues when most players are long dead.

  • by Michael Bachelard
How you could lose your house to Australia's defamation law
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How you could lose your house to Australia's defamation law

Most defamation cases are not run by celebrities, but by ordinary people annoyed at a Facebook post. And it can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

  • by Tammy Mills
Federal Labor and media chiefs push for historic defamation reform
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Federal Labor and media chiefs push for historic defamation reform

Labor wants a "national reconsideration" of the country's outdated defamation laws as a coalition of media industry heavyweights calls for urgent reforms.

  • by Michaela Whitbourn & Colin Kruger
'Judges don’t get what journalists do': Australia's defamation law is having a chilling effect on the media
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'Judges don’t get what journalists do': Australia's defamation law is having a chilling effect on the media

Australia’s defamation laws are now widely considered to be among the most un-media friendly in the Western world.

  • by Deborah Snow