Menu
News

Hockey slugged with big legal bill after defamation battle

TREASURER Joe Hockey has been ordered to pay 85% of his own legal costs from his defamation battle with Fairfax Media.

Federal Court Justice Richard White ruled on Wednesday that Fairfax should pay 15% of the cost of Mr Hockey's proceedings against The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. The combined legal bill of both parties is more than $1 million.

Mr Hockey was awarded damages of $200,000 against Fairfax for a defamatory outline and two tweets pertaining to a story about political fundraising and access to the Treasurer, but Justice White found that the story itself was not defamatory.

The articles were published on May 5 last year under the headline Treasurer for Sale.

Topics:  court defamation editors picks fairfax media joe hockey politics



Burglar wakes Summit couple

COUPLE woken in early hours when they saw a man leave their bedroom.

Car destroyed after it was left on roadside engulfed in fire

CAR FIRE: Firefighters from Sawtell were called to a burning Ford Falcon left on the side of Hulberts Rd, Sawtell on Sunday, February 18, 2018.

WATCH: Firefighters tackle car blaze late last night

Rubbish truck's load catches alight

A J.R. Richards and Sons rubbish truck container caught alight on the Pacific Highway.

Fire in skip bin causes traffic hold ups

Local Partners