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.
The defamation action brought by Osman Faruqi has been settled, landing Mark Latham with an expected six-figure bill. Is this "lawfare", or a successful stand against "public denigration"?
Australia's idiotic defamation laws will be put to work once again, but what is really left to be gained here?
Even once the judge reaches a verdict, we will learn precisely nothing of value.
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.
In his opening statement to a room packed with media, Rush's barrister made clear he would be seeking large damages.
As in Australia, public figures accused of sexual harassment and assault in India are wielding defamation law to silence those who speak out.