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Seminars, interviews & commentary    July 27, 2005  
Section 22 should not be the law of the land

Veteran Queensland lawyer Doug Spence adds his voice to the call to stop the adoption of NSW’s version of statutory qualified privilege in the proposed Uniform Defamation Act. That law would not have accomodated much of the reporting that lead to the Fitzgerald inquiry or the “Dr Death” commission ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    July 8, 2005  
History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving

David Levine QC reviews Deborah Lipstadt’s account of the defamation case brought against her and Penguin Books by the Holocaust denier David Irving. This is one of the great defamation trials of modern history, made all the memorable by the masterly destruction of the plaintiff ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    June 8, 2005  
When reasonableness is unreasonable

Why are the states and territories persisting with dragging NSW’s useless version of statutory qualified privilege into the uniform Defamation Act? Peter Applegarth SC argues that the qualified privilege defence drafted by Sir Samuel Griffith in 1889 is a far more effective mechanism for media defendants and other participants in public affairs ... more

Seminars, interviews & commentary    April 25, 2005  
David Levine

David Levine gives a wide ranging interview to the Gazette of Law & Journalism. After nine years running the NSW Supreme Court defamation list he has some fascinating insights into the way plaintiffs and media defendants play the game. He talks of his most enjoyable and most dificult cases and the natural “predisposition” of judges to lean towards plaintiffs who take on large media corporations. He thinks corporations should be able to sue and the dead shouldn’t. And he believes there’s something in the public figure defence as it has developed in the US ... more