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We need to throw out defamation law and start again

We need to throw out defamation law and start again

The law is a blunt tool we wield to decide arguments that have no obvious answer. But, in the digital age, it has to be sharper than this.

Dylan Voller defamation decision is a threat to outrage media but not to press freedom

Dylan Voller defamation decision is a threat to outrage media but not to press freedom

With this new ruling, publishers will need to decide between increased monitoring or risking the occasional defamation suit.

Forget Geoffrey Rush: most defamation cases are petty and incredibly local

Forget Geoffrey Rush: most defamation cases are petty and incredibly local

For all the publicity that a Geoffrey Rush or Rebel Wilson case attracts, the vast majority of defamation suits are small, wasteful and often result in outcomes disproportionate to their social value.

The defamation case that could tear apart the internet as we know it

The defamation case that could tear apart the internet as we know it

It's very unlikely former Don Dale detainee Dylan Voller will win this one, but we should all be watching closely.

What’s the public interest in unearthing politicians’ romantic entanglements?

What’s the public interest in unearthing politicians’ romantic entanglements?

Crikey readers discuss the latest Nationals scandal and defamation law in Australia.

Yael Stone, Geoffrey Rush and the risky maths of defamation

Yael Stone, Geoffrey Rush and the risky maths of defamation

As Rush stands accused afresh, each side (and the media) must calculate what to throw at their fight.

In the Me Too era, America sets the gold standard for defamation law

In the Me Too era, America sets the gold standard for defamation law

Defamation law in Australia continues to deny the public from hearing the truth. In this, Australia could take a page from the US Supreme Court.

Alan Jones ordered to pay $3.75 million in Wagner defamation case

Alan Jones ordered to pay $3.75 million in Wagner defamation case

The court order to pay $3.75 million is the largest damages awarded against him.

Judge strikes out Mark Latham’s ‘extraordinary’ defamation defence

Judge strikes out Mark Latham’s ‘extraordinary’ defamation defence

Justice Michael Wigney described the defence, which referred to such historical events as the persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire, as difficult to get to grips with.

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

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

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.