ARTK letter to the Attorney-General re defamation issues
The Australia’s Right to Know coalition of media organisations (of which MEAA is a member) letter to the Commonwealth Attorney-General regarding defamation law issues that arise specifically within the Federal jurisdiction.
“The Model Defamation Provisions (MDP) were put in place to promote uniform defamation laws across Australia. While this was the intention, it is not the reality. ARTK has serious concerns about jurisdictional inconsistency of the provisions and procedures regarding juries in defamation cases. With particular regard to the Federal jurisdiction, there is a presumption that juries will not play a role in defamation cases heard in the Federal Court.”