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.
Crikey readers discuss defamation on social media, the media as a mouthpiece for government and the ABC standing up for itself.
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.
Accusations of bias. Witness X revealed. Tactical ploys ahead of special damages. This thing is far from done.
Outside court, Eryn Jean Norvill, decked in purple, said she stood by her evidence at trial and called for change in her industry.
Mark Latham is facing another defamation case after tweeting about a UNSW student incorrectly suspected of plotting a terror attack. The result could be far-reaching.
When can you call a person "racist"? And what stops news outlets and politicians from doing it even in the more obvious cases?
Australian politicians have a track record of trying to restore their reputations through the courts, and this year has been no exception.