Peter Dutton,political defamation and the rise of social media lawsuits

Peter Dutton,political defamation and the rise of social media lawsuits

Peter Dutton was strongly encouraged to settle his defamation case over a tweet,and was awarded relatively low damages. Will this discourage other politicians from suing?

  • byMichaela Whitbourn

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Del Kathryn Barton lashes collector for selling ‘undividable’ artwork

Del Kathryn Barton lashes collector for selling ‘undividable’ artwork

A defamation case between art collector Damien Vass and The Sunday Telegraph has heard conflicting claims over the sale of a five-panel work by the Archibald-winning artist.

  • byGeorgina Mitchell
‘Constantly on watch’:Inquiry hears about toll of online abuse

‘Constantly on watch’:Inquiry hears about toll of online abuse

Lawyer Nyadol Nyuon joined representatives from the Muslim,Jewish and disability communities in giving evidence to a federal parliamentary inquiry about the abuse they have endured online.

  • byLisa Visentin
Refugee advocate files appeal over Peter Dutton’s $35,000 defamation win

Refugee advocate files appeal over Peter Dutton’s $35,000 defamation win

Lawyers for Shane Bazzi,who was found to have defamed the Defence Minister in a six-word tweet,have filed a notice of appeal in the Federal Court.

  • byMichaela Whitbourn
Ben Roberts-Smith wins access to private emails in defamation case

Ben Roberts-Smith wins access to private emails in defamation case

The former soldier has won access to a series of messages between lawyers defending the three newspapers he has accused of defamation and a solicitor representing a former soldier he served alongside.

  • byDavid Estcourt
Top defamation judge says proposed ‘anti-troll’ laws a recipe for disaster

Top defamation judge says proposed ‘anti-troll’ laws a recipe for disaster

A leading defamation judge in Sydney has backed legal experts’ criticisms of the Morrison government’s proposed anti-troll laws.

  • byMichaela Whitbourn
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Entrepreneur sues Planning Minister for calling commercial Bondi Beach club ‘elitist’
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Entrepreneur sues Planning Minister for calling commercial Bondi Beach club ‘elitist’

The businessman proposing an Italian-style commercial beach club on Bondi Beach is suing NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes for defamation over comments that the proposal is “elitist” and “un-Australian”.

  • byCaitlin Fitzsimmons
In trolls and tech giants,Morrison finds an ideal enemy

In trolls and tech giants,Morrison finds an ideal enemy

The Coalition party room has no shortage of MPs with first-hand or family experience of how toxic social media can be. Now the government is making cleaning up the internet part of its pitch to voters.

  • byNick Bonyhady andLisa Visentin
Ben Roberts-Smith defamation trial set to resume in February

Ben Roberts-Smith defamation trial set to resume in February

The proceedings against The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald are scheduled to resume next year after a six-month pause owing to coronavirus restrictions.

  • byMichaela Whitbourn
The government is trolling us with its ‘anti-troll’ bill

The government is trolling us with its ‘anti-troll’ bill

Proposed federal legislation will not make the internet safer,but it will make it harder for regular people to sue if they are defamed on social media.

  • byMichael Douglas
A defamation policy for Mum and Dad voters? Don’t believe the hype
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A defamation policy for Mum and Dad voters? Don’t believe the hype

The government says changes to the country’s defamation laws will protect people from anonymous trolls. That’s asking a lot.

  • byMichaela Whitbourn