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In Parliament, Members can get up and say anything about anyone (in theory, anyway.) They are protected against defamation proceedings by Parliamentary privilege.
Are proceedings in civil matters in NSW similarly protected? If I gave evidence to NCAT that citizen X was a bully and a liar with unhealthy obsessions and probable advanced dementia, could that evidence form the basis of a defamation action? Would I have to be very careful, and only say something like “a certain member of the Committee is a bully, etc. etc”?
Threats of defamation actions seem to be the tactic du jour. I know, I’ve already received one.
Can anyone more knowledgeable than myself assist?
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