Trial reports    July 27, 2022

Ben Roberts-Smith v Fairfax Media Publications; The Age Company; Federal Capital Press

Federal Court ... Closing submissions wrap up in Ben Roberts-Smith trial ... Arthur Moses SC makes submissions on allegations Roberts-Smith sought to suborn and intimidate witnesses ... Nicholas Owens SC makes submissions in reply .. Points to inappropriate borrowings from criminal law ... Addresses lacuna arguments ... Decision reserved ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 


Trial reports    July 25, 2022

Ben Roberts-Smith v Fairfax Media Publications; The Age Company; Federal Capital Press

Federal Court ... Roberts-Smith's counsel Arthur Moses SC continues submissions on justification case ... Account of elderly man being executed in tunnel courtyard implausible with hive of activity ... Submissions on Darwan mission in 2012 ... Submissions on Chenartu mission ... Submissions on Faisal ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 


Trial reports    July 21, 2022

Ben Roberts-Smith v Fairfax Media Publications; The Age Company; Federal Capital Press

Federal Court ... Nicholas Owens SC concludes open court submissions on truth defence for respondents ... Asks court to reject "outmoded and outdated and discredited" attitudes to domestic violence ... Addresses court on bullying allegations ... Alleged assault of Person 17 ... Credit issues ... Lyndelle Barnett addresses court on meaning and damages ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 

Trial reports    July 20, 2022

Ben Roberts-Smith v Fairfax Media Publications; The Age Company; Federal Capital Press

Federal Court ... Nicholas Owens SC continues closing submissions for third day ... Tells court "consciousness of guilt" can be inferred from false evidence on removal of Afghan officer ... Submissions on Chenartu mission involving execution of detainee by partner force soldier ... Submissions on Faisal mission involving execution of adolescent ... Courts Editor Stephen Murray reports ... more

 



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