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Arguably no area of Australian law has been more debated and discussed in recent years than defamation.

Why? Part of the problem is our defamation laws have not changed since 2006. Since then, social media, online news, reviews, and publishing have dramatically changed the ways that people can cause harm to reputations.

The increasing costs and numbers of defamation cases filed in Australia compelled NSW to pass amendments to defamation law in 2020. But whether the changes will have an impact – and when – remains to be seen. LSJ journalist Kate Allman explains.