Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 3 Hansard (12 March) . . Page.. 993..
Schedules of amendments
Bushfire Inquiry (Protection of Statements) Bill 2003
Amendments circulated by the Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Community Affairs and Minister for the Environment
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This Act is taken to have commenced on 22 February 2003.
Clause 4 (1)
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(1) It is a defence to an action for defamation in relation to the making of a statement to the inquiry, or the giving of a document or information to the inquiry, if the defendant establishes that the defendant made the statement to the inquiry, or gave the document or information to the inquiry.
(1A) It is a defence to any action for defamation if the defendant establishes that the published matter was, or was contained in-
(a) a report of the inquiry presented to the Legislative Assembly (a protected report ), or a fair copy of a protected report; or
(b) a fair summary of, or a fair extract from, a protected report.
Clause 4 (2) (b)
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Clause 4 (3), proposed new definition
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defamation means libel or slander.