Monday, June 16, 2014

Australia:  Leftists think defamation is free speech

It never has been  -- in any jurisdiction

Treasurer Joe Hockey’s decision to sue Fairfax Media for defamation over the now-notorious front-page story “Treasurer for sale” raises interesting questions about politicians suing to protect their reputation, allied with the protection of freedom of speech in Australia.

Hockey claims the newspapers in question – The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Canberra Times – alleged that he accepted, or was prepared to accept, bribes; that he corruptly solicited payments in order to influence his decision; and that he corruptly sold privileged access to businesspeople and lobbyists in return for donations to the Liberal Party.

A debate is underway about the balance between freedom of speech and protection against racially offensive conduct. There similarly needs to be a debate in Australia about defamation law.


Leftists only call for a debate over something when their view is a minority one.  Otherwise they try to shut you up.


Anonymous said...

A good win in a defamation case may be enough to put at least two of those papers into receivership due to declining sales. Given how few people read them and how they trash conservatives that might not be a bad thing.

Bird of Paradise said...

Liberals are so uncivilzed they make a caveman look highly advanced