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November 28, 2017

Defamed on social media? Why we need stronger laws

It’s no secret – it pays to be careful of what you say on social media. Recently, people have been fired, publicly shamed and even jailed for posts they’ve made on websites like Facebook and Twitter. Shine Lawyers’ National Defamation Practice Leader Peter Coggins says that many Australians are under the impression that we have […]

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September 25, 2017

Defamation decisions around Australia

Australia’s defamation laws are there to protect individuals from offensive and slanderous publications, but this is no easy task. There is no hard and fast rule on what amounts to defamation, and a lot depends on the circumstances of each case. We take a look at some recent cases from around Australia to shed some […]

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September 14, 2017

Same-sex marriage: How to express your opinion without breaking the law

After the Australian High Court recently handed down its blessing for the Australian Marriage Law Postal survey to proceed, it is expected that both sides of the debate will intensify their campaigning to garner public support. With the survey being voluntary, both sides will be competing for publicity and media attention for their cause, aiming […]

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September 13, 2017

Damages for defamation: Rebel Wilson case study

Australian actress Rebel Wilson has today been awarded $4.5 million in damages for defamation arising from Bauer Media’s publications, in which it portrayed Ms Wilson as a ‘liar’ in relation to her age and upbringing. In June 2017, a jury found the publications were defamatory and today, the judge handed down his decision with respect to […]

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August 21, 2017

Defamation on Facebook: Seven steps to protect your reputation

Every week, Shine Lawyers’ National Defamation practice receives multiple enquiries from people impacted by defamatory comments on Facebook; and the numbers are going up. Our right to free speech Many individuals are under the impression that under Australian law, we have an overarching right to free speech, and this right protects those who makes offensive […]

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July 21, 2016

What constitutes defamation?

What is defamation? Defamation is when a person says slanderous things that may cause damage to another’s reputation. Common defamatory comments include: Accusations that someone has committed a crime Accusations that someone has a disease Accusations that someone is conducting fraudulent activities If the defamatory comments are written or published, this is called libel. Verbal or […]

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