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The Council of Attorneys-General (‘COAG’) have issued a Discussion Paper for the Review of the Model Defamation Provisions. They have invited submissions on the questions set out in the Discussion Paper and any related matters by 30 April 2019.
Defamation, for those exposed to it, can be a terrible, destructive force. Its impact is felt by the scorching effect of ruined relationships and careers, by the mud that sticks long after vindication, by the chilling effect when sued and the self-censorship that follows, and by the time and money absorbed in stressful, open ended defamation litigation.
We are pleased to announce that the publication of the 2019 editions of legal directories covering Asia Pacific has seen us continue recent rankings success.
People have been surprised by the freedom with which they can use social media to express uninhibited, unrestrained and carefree commentary on any topic. But channels that at first seemed so easy and cost so little to participate have been 'weaponised' to damage feelings and reputations
At first it was all so easy and cost little to participate, but then unidentified strangers took it to another level and social media became a forum for abuse, bullying and hate.
Is it time to reform defamation laws in Australia?
At a time when defamation laws are in the spotlight in Australia, Kennedys partner Patrick George has authored a new edition of the leading text on the subject: Defamation Law in Australia.