Clive Palmer has succeeded in defamation proceedings against Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan in the Federal Court over a claim that Mr McGowan portrayed Mr Palmer as a threat to the people of Australia and is dangerous to them (among other portrayals that Mr Palmer argued were defamatory).
Mr McGowan was also successful in a counter claim that he was defamed by Mr Palmer.
The case is an important reminder to consider the likely damages award before commencing proceedings. Here, Mr Palmer was awarded $5,000 in damages, while Mr McGowan was awarded $20,000, despite both no doubt spending considerable sums bringing the matter to the Court.
Watch this space in the coming week for a more detailed explanation of the substantive aspects of the case – and note that the parties are yet to argue before the Court over costs.