Treasurer Joe Hockey is suing Fairfax media for defamation over a series of articles in which Fairfax is alleged to have suggested that the Tresurer was “for sale” and that donations to the North Sydney Forum would provide privileged access to the Treasurer
Mr Hockey is claiming that as a result of articles, he has been “greatly injured, shunned and avoided and his reputation has been and will be brought into disrepute, odium, ridicule and contempt”.
He obviously wasn’t too concerned when his boss listed the top five ministers in the Federal Cabinet and omitted to mention the treasurer. That looks like a fairly high grade shun.
The difficulty for poor Joe is demonstrating that the disrepute, odium, ridicule and contempt was brought about by the articles and not by the his failed efforts to get his first budget through Parliament, comments about poor people not driving cars, cigar smoking and a vigourous exploitation of Parliamentary entitlements.
One is reminded of the Pogo quote “We have met the enemy and he is us.”