After a pause (from July 31 2021 to 1 April 2022) this blog has resumed. This has been made possible by the generous support of the following donors:

Although these donors will allow the blog to continue, they will not be responsible for the content of the blog. I will remain solely responsible for the views expressed, including any errors or omissions. Equally, because any views expressed are mine, they do not necessarily reflect the views of the donors.

The support of these organisations means I will continue to operate a ‘free to air’ blog for the next 12 months at least.  For members of ACP and APA there will be premium, subject specific content available via their social media and other channels. If you are a member of those organisations do look to them for further details.

The High Court of Australia in Fairfax Media v Voller [2021] HCA 27 gave a chilling warning to those in social media. The Court found that news services were publishers of defamatory comments posted by members of the public on their Facebook pages. I anticipate that the same reasoning would also apply to LinkedIn.  I have never been a big user of LinkedIn (see Accessing this blog via LinkedIN and Twitter (January 18, 2020)) so, because of the need to moderate comments the LinkedIn feed will not be renewed.

The blog continues to go out via Facebook ( and on the WordPress site.  On WordPress all comments are moderated before they appear.  Publication on Facebook will require moderation of comments after they appear.  If that becomes too onerous (see Answer questions, responding to posts (May 19, 2019) and Where’s my comment (August 22, 2020)) I will turn off the Facebook comments option.

The blog is also promoted via twitter – @AusEmergencyLaw. Remember that I don’t use Twitter so questions, comments and replies via Twitter will not be seen.

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