Hockey smashes Fairfax for defamation

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 »

Will the MSM ever look into Andrew Little’s record? Ctd

In 2011 Andrew Little swapped his job at the EPMU and as Labour Party President for a List MP slot.

Until then he had been the leading light at the EPMU since the late 90s, and claimed credit for its success.

The EPMU’s success did not include successfully filing accounts on time or correctly.

Some had to be refiled, and there are big questions about the stewardship of the EPMU during Little’s tenure.

We have asked a series of questions in previous posts about the EPMU’s financial records. Read more »


15 years in a Bali jail for being led by the dick

Antony de Malmanche is going to have 15 years in jail for letting his little head do the thinking.

A New Zealand man who was lured to Bali by online love and was arrested for drug trafficking has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Antony De Malmanche’s guilty verdict came through at approximately 6:40pm (NZ time).

He has also been fined Rp4 billion (NZ$441,100).

The 53-year-old’s trial has heard he was abused as a child, has been institutionalised for mental illness and has a low IQ.

He was lonely and looking for love online when he met “Jessy Smith”, and an invitation for an expenses-paid overseas trip followed.   Read more »

The (2nd) Great Whaleoil Census – Part 42: – My view on Dirty Media


Good morning.  About two years ago we ran a “census” to get an idea of what our audience was all about.  We’re going to do that again, but this time it will be one question per day, each morning.  I will attempt to collate the previous questions as we go along, so that anyone who misses one can find a reasonably easy way to have a vote or to review the results. Although we have a huge list of questions to work through, feel free to suggest ones that are close to your heart in the comments.

Part 41 – My view on Dirty Media

Dirty Politics exposed their collusion:  the media were as much part of it, if not more.  Since then, we’ve learned about personal vendettas, running damaging pieces against competing media empires (revenge porn, blatant lies), taking money from industry while writing as “independent” columnists… and much more.

What is your view of it?
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Today in History

Maori Batallion

On this day, in 1942, German Light Infantry and Panzer troops in North Africa began an advance on Allied positions, beginning what would be known as the First Battle of El Alamein. Read more »

Face of the day


Sean Plunket criticised Eleanor Catton as a ‘traitor’ for her comments over the NZ government and ‘tall poppy syndrome’. Photo / Herald file

Today’s face of the day, Sean Plunkett, needs to be careful in future that he doesn’t call anyone an “ungrateful hua” online. Under the new Harmful Digital Communications Bill, Sean could be silenced if someone like Eleanor Catton complains that he caused her harm by saying something mean about her. As long as he sticks to insulting people via the Radio he should be fine. The trick is not to put your criticism in writing. Dead Tree Media is safe but put it on the internet and you are going to immediately be in dangerous territory where Freedom of Speech is under constant threat thanks to every political party except the Act Party.

A talkback host’s comments describing award-winning New Zealand author Eleanor Catton as an “ungrateful hua” and a “traitor” were not in breach of broadcasting standards.

– A newspaper

Word of the day

The word for today is…

prodigal (adj) – 1. Rashly or wastefully extravagant: prodigal expenditures on unneeded weaponry; a prodigal nephew who squandered his inheritance.
2. Giving or given in abundance; lavish or profuse: “the infinite number of organic beings with which the sea of the tropics, so prodigal of life, teems” (Charles Darwin).

(noun) One who is given to wasteful luxury or extravagance.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : mid-15th century, a back-formation from prodigality, or else from Middle French prodigal and directly from Late Latin prodigalis, from Latin prodigus “wasteful,” from prodigere “drive away, waste,” from pro- “forth” + agere “to drive”. First reference is to prodigial son, from Vulgate Latin filius prodigus (Luke xv:11-32). As a noun, “prodigal person,” 1590s, from the adjective (the Latin adjective also was used as a noun).

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 30

17 The eye that mocks a father and despises a mother’s instructions will be plucked out by ravens of the valley and eaten by vultures.

Tuesday nightCap

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