Seminars, interviews & commentary    April 5, 2024

An investigative journalist and her first thriller

Prominent journalist Louise Milligan talks to the Gazette ... On fiction, fact, and everything in between ... Standing up for the ABC ... Success of Four Corners ... Defamation law ... Qualities required for a good reporter ... more

 

Seminars, interviews & commentary    November 11, 2023

Privacy panel

Expectations of privacy ... The outer reaches of public interest ... Use of equitable remedies and torts ... The overlap between defamation and privacy ... Veronica Lenard reports on a discussion hosted by Level 22 Chambers ... more

 

Seminars, interviews & commentary    October 3, 2023

Digital defamation reform

Stage 2 ... Setback for uniformity in most recent announcement from attorneys general ... Fragmentation ... Prospective federal intervention ... Stage 1 laggards on board ... Revised model amendments ... Analysis from Kevin Lynch and Jade Tyrrell  ... more

 

Seminars, interviews & commentary    September 12, 2023

Social Media and the Law of Defamation

Not perfect, but the next round of reforms is welcomed by Justice Peter Applegarth from the Supreme Court of Queensland ... Liability of internet intermediaries for defamation ... Moderation ... Innocent dissemination comes into its own ... Trumpist laws in the USA provide no incentive to moderate harmful online content ... Richard Ackland reports ... more

 

Seminars, interviews & commentary    August 24, 2023

New whistleblower legal service launched

Launch of The Whistleblower Project ... First dedicated, specialist pro bono legal service for whistleblowers ... Under the auspices of Human Rights Legal Centre ... Research shows eight in ten whistleblowers suffer detriment ... Only one case of compensation for detriment ...Speakers at launch event ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Seminars, interviews & commentary    July 28, 2023

Media-law jamboree at Cambridge

Through UK, US and Australian lenses ... Defamation, privacy, political communication, press freedom, social media, data protection, contempt ... Top drawer speakers from the media-law world ... Practitioners and academics ... Floyd Alexander-Hunt reports ... more

 

Seminars, interviews & commentary    July 17, 2023

Freedom from information

FOI - stuck in the 1980s ... A senate inquiry gets to work on the outdated FOI Act ... Worthwhile submissions examined ... Unacceptable delays ... Departmental obstruction ... Access to cabinet documents ... Insights from the Robodebt Royal Commission ... Word ahead ... Report from Peter Timmins ... more

 

Seminars, interviews & commentary    July 10, 2023

Revamping whistleblower protections

New whistleblower amendments an important first step ... Protections for public interest whistleblowing need to be extended to all sectors ... Handling personal workplace grievances ... Integrity and anti-corruption reform on the march ... Stronger press freedoms wait in the wings ... Professor A J Brown comments ... more

 

Seminars, interviews & commentary    June 16, 2023

The defamation trial of the century

From behind the lines in the Roberts-Smith case ... MinterEllison's Peter Bartlett surveys the litigation from the perspective of his media clients ... To sue was a terrible error ... Getting witnesses into the box ... Seven v Nine ... Complexity created by national security ... The role of Covid ... PR onslaught ... Appeal prospects ... more

 

Seminars, interviews & commentary    June 16, 2023

Eve Thomson’s She Too

Eve Thomson is a litigation partner at Johnson Winter Slattery ... Her first novel, She Too, was published earlier this year ... A fictional defamation drama ... Interview with GLJ about inspirations, character, reality and writing ... Finding the truth amid the manipulation ... more

 

Seminars, interviews & commentary    May 26, 2023

Richard Walsh

Richard Walsh's life in media and publishing ... TV copywriting, Consolidated Press, OZ, Mavis Bramston, Nation Review, books and journalism ... Satire and investigations ... From medicine to earning a crust ... The shape of the media to come ... An interview with the GLJ ... more

 

Seminars, interviews & commentary    May 8, 2023

Michael McHugh’s Defamation Casebook

Former High Court justice Michael McHugh reflects on career in defamation law ... Potential for public interest defence to expand freedom of expression ... Regret at not making late amendment to Lange judgment ... Role of juries in damages and reasonableness ... Discussion with Justice Applegarth ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more