High Court of Australia

Cush v Dillon [2011] HCA 30

Boland v Dillon

243 CLR 298

10 Aug 2011

Case Number: S309/2010 S310/2010

Before

French CJ, Gummow, Hayne, Heydon, Crennan, Kiefel, Bell JJ

Catchwords

Defamation – Defence of qualified privilege - Where occasion of qualified privilege existed to communicate existence of rumour - Where defendant published rumour as "common knowledge" - Whether matter published on occasion attracting defence of qualified privilege - Whether distinction between publication of rumour and publication of fact of rumour.

Defamation – Defence of qualified privilege - Rebuttal by express malice - Where defendant did not believe truth of publication - Whether lack of belief in truth of publication sufficient to establish malice.

Words and phrases – "express malice", "qualified privilege".

Defamation Act 1974 (NSW) – s 7A.

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