Last week the Chief Minister announced new defamation laws for the ACT.
The changes will leave most of the ACT law intact, with change concentrated in three main areas:
* the right of corporations to sue for defamation will be removed (small businesses and non-profit organisations will still be entitled to sue);
* a defendant will no longer be required to prove that material was published for the public benefit. Truth alone will be a complete defence; and
* the maximum amount of damages that may be awarded will be capped at $250,000. Damages are currently uncapped in the ACT.
No word from the Liberals on this attack on the big end of town in defence of the little guys.