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QLD Successful Cases Related to Defamation

Discussion in 'Defamation Law Forum' started by 7and3, 8 December 2015.

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  1. 7and3

    7and3 Active Member

    20 February 2015
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    I need cases that were successful for proof of malice, defamation via emails, defamation through newspapers, and being defamed in a meeting and any committee.
  2. Louise4007

    Louise4007 Well-Known Member

    8 November 2015
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    Hi 7 and 3

    These may be helpful ..

    The leading English case on malice is Horrocks v Lowe [1975] AC 135 where Lord Diplock defined & described express malice as an act that 'makes use of an occasion for an indirect purpose'. See also Browne v Dunn (1893).

    Proof of malice in defamation contained in written material used for political purposes - Roberts v Bass [2002] HCA 57 at [62].

    And see Lange v Australian Broadcasting Corporation (1997) 189 CLR 520 where the defence of qualified privilege is defeated when actuated by malice.


    See also Hockey v Fairfax Media [2015] FCA 652 relating to a newspaper article where malice was found to be present. Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey was awarded $200 000. His legal costs however far outweighed the amount awarded for defamation.

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