Original article by Chris Merritt
The Australian – Page: 2 : 24-Jul-20
A proposed national model law will be on the agenda of a Council of Attorneys-General meeting on 27 July. The national model laws includes changes to defamation laws, including replacing the existing defence of statutory qualified privilege for media companies with a new defence of public interest journalism. The model bill will also seek to address the rising cost of defamation payouts, amid a growing trend for judges to bypass existing caps on damages for causing harm to a person’s reputation.
AUSTRALIA. COUNCIL OF ATTORNEYS-GENERAL