Guilty Secrets: Free Speech and Defamation in Australia - Robert Pullan

Guilty Secrets: Free Speech and Defamation in Australia - Robert Pullan

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Robert Pullan has written a timely book about the censorship of free speech by Australia's draconian defamation laws. He reveals the hypocrisy that surrounds the application of these laws which the powerful use to silence their critics. 

Guilty Secrets traces the origins of these restrictions, and how each generation of lawyers has extended the reach of the defamation law and increased, sometimes to absurd proportions, the damages awarded. 

Pullan approaches his subject with a passion, based on the belief that speech should be free rather than the preserve of the rich and powerful.

Pullan argues that the High Courts recent judgments - that state free speech is an implicit constitutional right - could be the form of a new defence against defamation, if the media has courage to use it.