It is with sadness that I read about the decision against Rajaratnam Premachandran in relation to allegations of defamation against a Primary School Principal.
It is of no suprise that the newspapers present the story incorrectly, http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/angry-dads-80k-defamation-bill/story-e6freuy9-1225794962835, this story was never about the students missing out on a Selective School place. The email complaining about the Principal and the education of the school was sent in April and the Selective School results didn't come until until July.
This story is about a family trying to do the best for their bright children and being in despair at the failures of the public education system. The failure of the comprehensive school system to educate mainstream public school students to a level of competition against students who are in Private schools or who are tutored/coached or who are in Opportunity Class is extreme.
The expressions used by Prem just represents his background and his somwhat limited grasp of the English culture/language - he certainly would do well to work on that but there was never any malice. This was an honest opinion based on experiences and the desire to provide for his daughters. To not be allowed to speak out about it to interested parties without having to pay compensation is a disgrace.
This is an attack on our freedom of speech and in particular members of the Department of Education. Our Government continues to cover their own back.