Press, platforms and power: mapping out a stronger Australian media landscape – Tim Dwyer and Timothy Koskie,

7 06 2019

In his first address to the caucus after Labor’s shock election loss, Bill Shorten pointed to conservative interests “spending unprecedented hundreds of millions of dollars advertising, telling lies, spreading fear … Powerful vested interests campaigned against us through sections of the media itself, and they got what they wanted”. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia: Raynor v Murray, Torrid times at the Watermark flats – Gabrielle Hunter

4 06 2019

In the case of Raynor v Murray ([2019] NSWDC 189) the District Court of NSW ordered Patricia Murray, a tenant of Manly residential flats known as “Watermark”, to pay damages of $120,000 to the chairman of the building’s strata committee for a defamatory email regarding an unlocked mailbox. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia: Chau v Fairfax Media Publications PL, Philanthropist Wins Round One – Justin Castelan

4 05 2019

Dr Chau Chak Wing is a wealthy Chinese-born Australian citizen. He has extensive business interests in China and is a very generous philanthropist. He has donated enormous sums of money to a number of universities and public institutions in Australia, as well as having made donations to the main political parties in Australia. Read the rest of this entry »





Geoffrey Rush’s victory in his defamation case could have a chilling effect on the #MeToo movement – Karen O’Connell

16 04 2019

The decision in Geoffrey Rush v Nationwide News, handed down today in Australia’s federal court, is the first – and so far, only – legal determination of a case associated with the #MeToo movement in Australia. Read the rest of this entry »





Politicians suing for defamation is usually a bad idea: here’s why – Michael Douglas

29 03 2019

File 20190318 28487 aa8az9.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1When The Project host Waleed Aly began his editorial in the wake of the Christchurch massacre, he apologised that “these won’t be my best words”. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia: O’Reilly v Edgar, Fact free Facebook Posts, $250,000 damages – Gabrielle Hunter

24 03 2019

In the case of O’Reilly v Edgar ([2019] QSC 24) the Supreme Court of Queensland awarded Kelvin O’Reilly, the CEO of a go-kart racing organisation, $270 658.71 in damages, including aggravated damages, for defamatory posts by a Facebook troll. Read the rest of this entry »





Media companies on notice over traumatised journalists after landmark court decision – Matthew Ricketson

12 03 2019

A landmark ruling by an Australian court is expected to have international consequences for newsrooms, with media companies on notice they face large compensation claims if they fail to take care of journalists who regularly cover traumatic events. Read the rest of this entry »





Defamation Reform in Australia: Rearranging the deckchairs – Judith Gibson

7 03 2019

The Council of Attorneys General Review of Model Defamation Discussion Paper was released on 25 February 2019. The Discussion Paper sets out a list of 18 questions, as a guide to the areas of interest to be discussed, and invites submissions, which are due by April 30, 2019. Read the rest of this entry »





Defamation Reform in Australia: Round One, Lots to discuss – Janek Drevikovsky

2 03 2019

On 26 February 2019 the Council of Attorneys General released a discussion paper on Australia’s defamation laws, part of the process of reforming the uniform national scheme. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia: Cummings v Fairfax, Horse trainer’s claims scratched – Justin Castelan

27 02 2019

Anthony Cummings and his company, Anthony Cummings Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd, train horses. They sued Fairfax Digital, The Age, Fairfax Media and a journalist, Kate Leahy, in respect of 3 articles published online on 25 February 2010 and a poster advertising a front-page article published in the Sydney Morning Herald, also on that day. Read the rest of this entry »