Tuesday, June 18, 2024

David Farrar: Where is the Bob Carr defamation suit?

Readers will recall that the media reported breathlessly the statement by former Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr that he was intending to sue Winston Peters for defamation after Peters said Carr was a pawn of China, or similar.

The media even got the letter from Carr’s lawyers 90 minutes before it was actually sent to Peters. For days this was reported as a major scandal, and the Labour Party even declared that Peters must be sacked as Foreign Minister for his comments. I noted here that what Peters said was hardly novel, and was something that even Carr’s former colleagues had said. But the media portrayed Peters as being under huge pressure because of this.

Well it is now over 45 days since Carr said he intended to sue, and he hasn’t yet (as I predicted). Perhaps the media who got leaked early a copy of his lawyer’s letter to Peters, could ask Mr Carr what is happening?

David Farrar runs Curia Market Research, a specialist opinion polling and research agency, and the popular Kiwiblog where this article was sourced. He previously worked in the Parliament for eight years, serving two National Party Prime Ministers and three Opposition Leaders.


Anonymous said...

Dave, allow me to advise. Nothing is happening. I'm guessing the truth hurts. Winston, spot on the money again no doubt.

Brian said...

Winston is allways spot on, I am loving his interaction with the Maori party in the house at the moment on parliment TV it's awesome. He says what most of us think but are too affraid to say for fear of being called racist misogynistic dinosaur. Keep up the good work Winston tell it as it is.

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