Trial reports    June 16, 2022

Brian Burston v Pauline Hanson

Day seven of Burston v Hanson ... Closing submissions conclude ... Defences of justification and common law qualified privilege reply to attack ... Arguments of malice and disproportionate reply ... Bruce McClintock SC speaks his last words to a court ...Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Trial reports    June 14, 2022

Brian Burston v Pauline Hanson

Day six of Burston v Hanson ... Senator Hanson's chief of staff, James Ashby, gives evidence ... Considered himself and then senator Brian Burston equals when texting him ... Tells of preparing speech about unnamed senator as a shot across Burston's bow ... Closing submissions commence ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Trial reports    June 10, 2022

Brian Burston v Pauline Hanson

Day five of Burston v Hanson ... Former office manager Wendy Leach gives evidence ... Tells court of being offered sex by former senator Brian Burston ... Tells court of another staffer feeling "groomed" ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Trial reports    June 7, 2022

Brian Burston v Pauline Hanson

Second day of Burston v Hanson ... Former One Nation senator Brian Burston continues in cross-examination ... Cross examined on treatment of women staffers ... Agrees that he briefed journalist on relationship between staffer and another senator ... Legal fees funded by Clive Palmer for first twelve months ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Trial reports    June 6, 2022

Brian Burston v Pauline Hanson

First day of Burston v Hanson ... Former One Nation senator suing over Facebook post, text message and Today interview alleging sexual harassment ... Dispute said to arise over reneged tax deal with government ... Burston denies harassment ... Says women staffers dismissed over performance issues ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 




Trial reports    May 22, 2022

Craig McLachlan v Fairfax Media Publications; Christie Whelan Browne; Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Actor Craig McLachlan drops defamation action against Fairfax, ABC and Christie Whelan Browne ... Sued over reports of sexual misconduct during 2014 run of The Rocky Horror Show ... Reports defendants ran up legal costs of $2.2 million ... Partial indemnity costs awarded ... Statements from McLachlan and Browne ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more