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Christian Porter’s fight highlights flaws in Australian defamation law – Sydney Morning Herald

What is Attorney-General Christian Porter’s defamation case against the ABC actually about? The answer is less clear than it appears.



Victorian barrister Dr Matt Collins, QC, has described the baffling obsession with imputations in Australia as a cancer.
In a 2019 National Press Club address, he said that in any serious case the imputations were formulated by the small number of ingenious lawyers who have mastered the arcane art of crafting defamation claims.
The focus on imputations directed attention away from what a defamation action should be about: the meaning of what a publisher actually wrote or said.
The claims allegedly…

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