Is Craig Thomson now undefameable?
What actions are available to Craig Thomson against the media he says has gone too far? And has the man's reputation been so tarnished that he has become almost "undefameable"?
"What you're seeing with the Herald Sun
is they're making a calculation about what you can say about someone and not get sued," a Melbourne defamation lawyer told The Power Index
. "Which is not necessarily that they're not defameable but rather they are in such a practically untenable position that they in fact will not sue you."
Thomson has already tried to protect his name in the past. He first initiated proceedings against Fairfax in 2009 over a series of reports that first raised the HSU allegations about ATM withdrawals and brothels. The action was settled. Defamation lawyers told The Power Index
that defamation proceedings could be won by anyone, regardless of how far their reputation had been tarnished.
"[Kings Cross nightclub owner] Abe Saffron before he died sued a number of people; he sued the Gold Coast Bulletin
for their crossword," one lawyer said, referring to a Bully
cryptic clue: "Sydney underworld figure, nicknamed Mr Sin (3,7).' And furthermore we're seeing examples every day of those we don't think would be defameable and those would be world dictators, terrorists etc. Papers are full of defamation of foreign people." -- Tom Cowie of The Power Index (read the full story here)
Where are Go Back celebrities coming from?
SBS has today revealed the line-up for its second series of the hit documentary Go Back To Where You Came From
, with former Howard defence minister Peter Reith confirmed to join five other well-known Australians for the reality show. Reith is best-known for his role in the 'children overboard' controversy in 2001, when the federal government claimed asylum seekers had thrown their children into the sea.
He famously released pictures purporting to back up the claims. A senate inquiry later found the claims had no basis, while Reith has continually defended his actions. So while we know where Reith will be coming from when he 'goes back', what about the rest of SBS's boatload of reverse refugees? -- Tom Cowie of The Power Index (read the full story here)
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