Geoffrey Rush
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This is lightning speed for law-making. Two days after getting agreement from his state and territory counterparts on wholesale amendments to the model defamation law, NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman introduced the bill to his parliament.  

What will the changes mean for Australian defamation litigation?  

The two big game-changers are the public interest defence and the restated cap on general damages. Would they have altered the outcome for a high-profile plaintiff like Geoffrey Rush?