State and Territory proposal for uniform defamation laws

Activity occurred prior to the current government.

Defamation laws in Australia vary between the States and Territories. These cross-jurisdictional differences have become more significant with the escalation in internet publication and the practical realities of mass communication.

In late 2002, the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General (SCAG) initiated a review of defamation laws throughout Australia with a view to achieving uniformity.

At the SCAG meeting on 30 July 2004, the State and Territory Attorneys-General released a discussion paper entitled 'Proposal for Uniform Defamation Laws' which sets out a comprehensive framework for uniform defamation laws in the form of 21 recommendations.

Submissions closed on 30 September 2004.