Joe Hockey has scored a $200,000 award of damages from Fairfax for them suggesting on their front page that he was for sale.
Treasurer Joe Hockey has had a partial victory in his defamation case against Fairfax Media, with a court finding he was defamed by the words ‘Treasurer for Sale’ on a poster and two tweets and awarding him $200,000 in damages.
However, Federal Court Justice Richard ruled on Tuesday that the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Canberra Times had not defamed him by publishing a series of articles on May 5 last year about the operation of a Liberal Party fundraising body, the North Sydney Forum.
Justice White awarded Mr Hockey $120,000 damages for the Herald poster and $80,000 for the two tweets from The Age‘s Twitter account.
He said that in the case of the Herald, the defence of qualified privilege would have been defeated because of malice on the part of the publisher. Read more »