This case considered issues of Parliamentary privilege arising in the course of a defamation matter brought by a former Minister for Housing and Public Works against their former Senior Media Advisor. The allegedly defamatory statements made by the Senior Media Advisor concerned, amongst other things, statements that the Minister had made in the course of an estimates hearing in Parliament. This judgment concerns the admissibility of evidence that potentially had the effect of challenging the Minister’s Parliamentary statements. Ultimately the evidence was held to be admissible.
Michael May (with N Ferrett) appeared for the plaintiff, instructed by CooperGraceWard.
The judgment is published here.
Details of related proceedings are available below.