Australia’s proposed defamation law overhaul will expand media freedom: but at what cost? – Michael Douglas

7 12 2019

On 29 November 2019, Australia’s attorneys-general agreed on proposed amendments to the provisions which underpin Australian defamation laws. This means Australian governments have a plan for how to change defamation law. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: A push to make social media companies liable in defamation is great for newspapers and lawyers, but not you – Michael Douglas

28 11 2019

At his Wednesday 20 November 2019 address to the National Press Club, Attorney-General Christian Porter said the federal government is pursuing “immediate” defamation law reform. The announcement seemed a bit odd, as defamation is a subject for state and territory governments to legislate on. A NSW-led law reform process has been ongoing for years. Read the rest of this entry »





Can you be liable for defamation for what other people write on your Facebook page? Australian court says: maybe – Michael Douglas

27 06 2019

When you go online and write something nasty about a person, or even a small business, you risk being sued for defamation.mBut if someone else goes online and writes something nasty about a person on your social media page, can you be held liable even though you didn’t write it? Depending on who you are: maybe. 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 »





Australia: The exorbitant injunction in X v Twitter – Michael Douglas

4 10 2017

The NSW Supreme Court has issued a global injunction enjoining overseas defendants to remove tweets of a corporate leaker … Sydney University media law academic Michael Douglas reviews the case, and the injunction.

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