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Christian Porter’s defamation case is no sure-fire way to find the truth – Sydney Morning Herald

The defamation law in Australia, both in its arcane conception and in its application, is not really about unearthing the truth. It strongly favours rich plaintiffs…

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As the story went on, the details mounted. It included comments from the alleged victims friends. Nobody disputes they were her friends or that they made those comments. Nobody disputes that these things formed part of the letter that was referred to Morrison. Its broadly agreed that the woman lived and died in the way the ABC story described; that the letter had been sent to the AFP. Nobody denies that the letter made allegations of historical rape and that the Prime Minister had been urged to…

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