Uniform defamation laws in Australia: Moving towards a more 'reasonable' privilege?

Breit, Rhonda (2011) Uniform defamation laws in Australia: Moving towards a more 'reasonable' privilege?. Media International Australia, 138: 9-20.

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Author Breit, Rhonda
Title Uniform defamation laws in Australia: Moving towards a more 'reasonable' privilege?
Journal name Media International Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1329-878X
Publication date 2011-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
Issue 138
Start page 9
End page 20
Total pages 12
Editor Stephanie Hemelryk Donald
Haiqing Yu
Sue Turnbull
Place of publication St Lucia, QLD, Australia
Publisher University of Queensland, School of English, Media Studies & Art History
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
A new uniform defamation regime now operates in Australia. This article canvasses the Uniform Defamation Laws (UDLs), focusing on the defence of qualified privilege and its capacity to protect mass media publications in the public interest. Drawing on case law and analysis of the key approaches to statutory privilege, the article evaluates the current approach to statutory qualified privilege. Taking account of observations in O’Hara v Sims (2008, 2009) about the operation of qualified privilege, it questions whether the UDL statutory qualified privilege will ultimately censor publications in the public interest and restrict the application of the qualified privilege defence.
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Additional Notes Special issue: "Chinese Media Studies: The State of the Field".

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Created: Tue, 08 Mar 2011, 15:42:34 EST by Dr Rhonda Breit on behalf of !NON-HERDC