Topic archives: defamation

What would a review of Australia’s defamation law look at?

June 19, 2018 1

If Australia is to overhaul its defamation legislation, the first step would be to have the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) to do a full-scale inquiry.

What would it take to fix Australia’s restrictive defamation laws?

June 18, 2018 3

Australia is now regarded as the libel capital of the world. But just how big is this threat to press freedom, and what exactly is in need of change?

We don’t blame the Hoddle Street or Port Arthur victims; so why do we blame women?

June 18, 2018

Crikey readers respond to the death of Eurydice Dixon, and the ensuing anger from women. Plus, Rebel Wilson's amended defamation payout.

Roundtable: what does the Rebel Wilson payout mean for the media?

June 15, 2018 8

Rebel Wilson's record defamation payout of $4.5 million has now been reduced to $600,000. We asked some informed media watchers for their thoughts on the changes.

Media Files: how Queer Eye blitzed the Australian media

June 8, 2018 2

The Queer Eye cast have been on a whirlwind PR tour, which brought some challenges for the traditional media.

#MeToo insurance? Protection offered for accused Australian musicians

May 30, 2018 3

The ramifications of Me Too are being felt in an extremely un-rock ’n’ roll way — insurance. But what happens when Australia’s defamation laws stand in the way of community safety and ultimately, justice?

Only clowns in the Mirabella circus

May 3, 2018 18

Former MP Sophie Mirabella may well be pleased that her defamation case against The Benalla Ensign has paid off, but no one has come out looking good.

Meet the publishers ripping up the Australian media playbook

April 3, 2018 3

What's a defamation suit worth when you have nothing to lose? In this four-part series we meet some of the Australian journalists massively disrupting the mainstream.

Media giants unite to quash Rebel … Top End talent bumped … karmic typos …

February 26, 2018 4

Australia's biggest rival media companies have joined forces against Rebel Wilson's massive payout. Plus other media tidbits of the day.

What is ‘parliamentary privilege’ and can I use it to slag off my enemies?

December 12, 2017 1

How does parliamentary privilege work? Is it really an infallible get-out-of-jail-free card?

Polly pays a packet: the many defamation cases of the Parrot Alan Jones

November 24, 2017 2

Alan Jones is due to face a defamation trial next year over comments he made about the deadly 2011 Grantham flood. We look back at his track record.

Due process around sexual harassment claims needs a complete overhaul

November 2, 2017 1

The court of public opinion, entertaining as it is, will not deliver justice.

Crikey Worm: Trump advisers charged with money-laundering, tax evasion

October 31, 2017 1

Good morning, early birds. Three of US President Donald Trump's campaign officials have been charged by the FBI, and cricketer Chris Gayle has won his defamation case against Fairfax Media. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

Has the Rebel Wilson case squeezed gossip mags out of a business model?

September 21, 2017 1

Rebel Wilson's defamation payout has commentators predicting the end of gossip, but paparazzi who supply their pictures reckon the mags will be fine.

Rebel sinking Bauer? … ‘feral’ government … truth defence for ‘guttersnipe’ …

Rebel sinking Bauer? … ‘feral’ government … truth defence for ‘guttersnipe’ …

September 15, 2017 2

Is Rebel Wilson's huge defamation payout going to mean more cost-cutting at Bauer?

Blocked by Rebel … ABC presenter rails at government handouts … here’s mum …

Blocked by Rebel … ABC presenter rails at government handouts … here’s mum …

September 14, 2017

Rebel Wilson blocks Shannon Deery on Twitter.

The man suing A Current Affair for $2.5 *Dr Evil voice* BILLION DOLLARS

August 31, 2017 1

Kyle Hodgetts is suing the Nine Network for almost $2.5 billion (yes, with a B), claiming A Current Affair defamed him and sunk his video game's chances of success.

News Corp launches legal defence of editor accused of bullying and drug addiction

August 25, 2017

News Corp lawyers have sent a defamation concerns notice to an independent journalist on behalf of one of its editors.

Comparing Rebel Wilson’s potential defamation payout with those of other great Aussie suers

June 23, 2017 1

Though Wilson’s defamation cost may soar well above most, there’s been plenty of high-profile and expensive cases since Australia’s defamation laws became uniform in 2006.

Hadley victorious … <em>Crinkling</em>‘s ultimate deadline … Nine never learns …

Hadley victorious … Crinkling‘s ultimate deadline … Nine never learns …

May 9, 2017 1

What an emotional roller-coaster these past 48 hours must have been for Ray Hadley.