Wednesday, 4 March 2009

More on SLAPP-ing

Thank you to a Newcastle resident who passed on this interesting legal case...

In the case of Ballina Shire Council v Ringland (1994) 33 NSWLR 680, Gleeson CJ was moved to comment (at 691):

The idea of a democracy is that people are encouraged to express their criticisms, even their wrong-headed criticisms, of elected governmental institutions, in the expectation that this process will improve the quality of the government. The fact that the institutions are democratically elected is supposed to mean that, through a process of political debate and decision, the citizens in a community govern themselves...

My previous comments about intimidatory legal actions can be found here:

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