Australia’s defamation laws are an ongoing source of debate in professional and political circles, particularly in light of our lack of constitutionally-enshrined protections for free speech. The recent emergence of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have done more than bring allegations of sexual harassment, assault and bullying into the public fore – they have also painted a new picture of defamation law in this country, and highlighted the need for law reform in relation to such misconduct and criminal behaviour, in order to better level the playing field for victims.
Plus, in case you missed them, check out these recent episodes of The Lawyers Weekly Show:
• Protecting the next generation of lawyers from sexual harassment
• Work, health and safety issues for junior lawyers in firms
• The ALRC Class Actions report, from a defendant’s perspective
• Why in-house counsel should be briefing barristers more