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[Extract] Defamation Bills have been tabled in the parliaments of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT after two years of negotiation between Attorneys-General, two discussion papers and extensive public debate. The Bills at this writing faced the difficult path to assent, so whether they reached the stage of enactment retaining any semblance of uniformity remained to be seen. This article assumes they will have a large degree of common ground but some significant differences. It looks at their implications for working journalists.
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