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Australian defense minister ‘hurt' by mean tweet wins court battle

Added 11-24-21 12:37:02am EST - “Australia's defense chief has been awarded tens of thousands of dollars in damages after claiming that a six-word Twitter post caused him deep "hurt and distress," with a judge ruling that the tweet was defamatory.” - Rt.com


Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Australian defense minister ‘hurt’ by mean tweet wins court battle”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

An Australian court agreed to award $25,000 (A$35,000) to Defense Minister Peter Dutton on Wednesday over the brief Twitter post, far below the maximum limit allowed under the law, as the judge determined the official had been libeled, but not in a way that impacted his day-to-day life.

Though the tweet in question “was no doubt a serious defamation,” Dutton “did not claim to have suffered more serious consequences by reason of the publication of the tweet or even that his hurt and distress had continued to the date of trial,” Judge Richard White said in his ruling.

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Originally posted in February by immigration activist Shane Bazzi and later shown to Dutton by one of his staffers, the since-deleted tweet denounced the minister as a “rape apologist.” The activist shared a 2019 article in which Dutton was quoted as saying that some refugees claiming to be rape victims were merely “trying it on,” suggesting they were lying in order to obtain asylum in Australia.

While Dutton noted that he was familiar with the “rough-and-tumble of politics,” he said the tweet in question left him so “deeply offended” that a lawsuit was in order.


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