Geoffrey Rush defamation appeal: Daily Telegraph drops claim judge displayed bias

The Sydney newspapers parent company is appealing against the federal courts ruling that it defamed Rush, and the decision to award the actor $2.9m The Daily Telegraph has dramatically dropped its claim that the judge who awarded Geoffrey Rush $2.9m in damages after a series of defamatory articles about the Oscar-winning actor displayed an attitude of bias during the trial. On Monday the Daily Telegraph through its parent company, Nationwide News, began its appeal against federal court justice Michael Wigneys ruling that the Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper had Rush is due to receive $2.9m, including $1.97m in special damages based on past and future lost earnings the largest defamation payout to a single person in Australia. The Daily Telegraph is appealing …

Mothers who have abortions: what to do with TVs third rail?

Most women who terminate a pregnancy are already mothers but we rarely see that on screen. Australian comedy The Letdown is the latest show to tackle the taboo We got a beautiful email from a viewer last week, says Sarah Scheller, co-creator of the ABCs The Letdown. It said, That was my scenario. I cant believe I just saw it on screen. Women who have abortions are only just now beginning to see themselves depicted on screens, but for a certain subgroup women who are already mothers when they decide to terminate the taboo is stronger than ever. Its a taboo that Schellers low-key comedy was determined to quietly break. The Letdown follows Audrey: a middle-class woman, played by Schellers …