Kudelka LoraxIn the lead up to last year’s election, the Tasmanian Liberals committed to a raft of proposals to “crack down on illegal protestors“.  The Workplace (Protection from Protestors) Act 2014 took effect on 17 December 2014 (see our fact sheet), and the government has recently confirmed it remains committed to removing restrictions on companies suing for defamation.

These uniform restrictions were introduced in all Australian States in 2005, recognising that defamation was designed to protect personal reputation and should not be available to companies.

While details of any plans to remove the restriction are not available, opposition has been voiced by the Law Society, the Mercury, Australian Lawyers Alliance, Civil Liberties Tasmania, Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance and EDO Tasmania.  For media articles on this issue, see below: