On 4 September 2019, Dr Matt Collins AM QC gave a speech to the National Press Club in Canberra about the law of defamation in Australia. In that speech, he advocated that the defamation laws were out-of-date and flawed. He advocated that there should be a new cause of action: declaration of falsity and that the burden to prove falsity ought to reside with the plaintiff.
The speakers at this seminar will debate the contents of his speech and discuss where the laws of defamation are headed.
In this CPD seminar introduced by Dr Matt Collins QC and chaired by Patrick O’Shannessy, the Honourable Chief Judge William Alstergren, Judge Grant Riethmuller, Judge Stewart and Judge Harland discuss the new Practice Direction and other Developments in the Federal Circuit Court.
Practice direction No. 2 of 2017 of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia, published on 7 December 2017, came into effect as of 1 January 2018.
In this seminar, Professor David Howarth, Professor of Law and Public Policy at the University of Cambridge will explore the relationship between law and politics, and the role of lawyers in politics. He will also consider the relationships between lawyers, civil servants and the rule of law. One of Professor Howarth’s particular interests is the manner in which law and politics appear to be separating throughout the developed world. Are lawyers withdrawing from participation in democratic politics? If so, what, if anything, should be done about it?
In this Q&A Session, Dr Matthew Collins QC and Michael Rivette discuss the primacy of imputations in defamation actions; recent trends in online defamation cases; and the protection of journalists’ sources. In relation to privacy, they discuss Australia's data protection laws; employer access private information on Facebook; and recent decisions in cases of invasions of privacy.
In this Q&A Session, Dr Matthew Collins QC discusses media, communications and commercial law focusing mainly on defamation and the changes that have arisen as a result of the internet and other electronic media platforms over the past decade.