Align this tort with defamation remedies
5 October 2011
Associate Professor David Rolph says the proposed statutory cause of action for invasion of privacy is in principle a good idea, but if care is not taken, it might have a negative impact in practice, particularly on freedom of speech.
In an opinion piece for The Australian, he writes that Defamation has a reputation for chilling speech.
"The prospect of being sued for defamation is sometimes enough to inhibit people from speaking freely.
"Although defamation law might have a chilling effect, it is not so effective at stopping speech altogether."
Contact: Greg Sherington
Phone: +61 2 9351 0202