The Art of the Australian Insult

Watch what you say to the children
October 22, 2008, 10:14 pm
Filed under: Lifestyles

“A DEFAMATION expert has warned warring families to watch what they say after a woman who called her in-law a pedophile during a “family feud” was ordered to pay him $30,000 in damages.

Only four people – including the man’s son and daughter – heard the remark, which was made during a child access dispute in July last year.

But District Court Judge Judith Gibson, who ordered the payout, said: “The making of an allegation of pedophilia, in the context of a dispute of access and custody, is like pouring oil onto a fire.

“It caused the plaintiff a great deal of anxiety and concern. The fact that a serious defamation was published to persons who are close to the plaintiff does not make it any the less hurtful.”

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