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If former Attorney General Christian Porter loses a senior attorney in his defamation case, it will be a “very big deal,” the federal court said. Sue Chrysanthou SC has been using her defamation law expertise over an extended period of time to ensure the federal minister’s trial goes up this year, her lawyer Christopher Withers SC said on Wednesday. “That could be at risk if she can’t act … so we’re vigorously defending to keep her on lawyer in a case that has the most serious impact on (Christian Porter),” he said. A motion to keep Ms. Chrysanthou off the case comes from Jo Dyer, a good friend of the late woman who is at the center of the rape allegations against Mr. Porter – which he denies. The current Minister for Industry, Science and Technology launched a defamation campaign against the ABC and journalist Louise Milligan in March for an article on historical rape allegations against the unnamed cabinet minister. Ms. Dyer is concerned that she discussed confidential information with Ms. Chrysanthou while she was her lawyer. The extent of their lawyer-client relationship has been contested in court. What was discussed at their chamber meeting in November 2020 and whether it was classified as confidential at that time and will continue to do so is a central issue for the judge. Mr. Withers said Ms. Dyer was a prolific public commentator on allegations related to her “dear friend” and cited 15 relevant Twitter comments she had made. Some of her tweets include that the police investigation and the Prime Minister’s response to reports have been inadequate and that she “will not allow this issue to be addressed”. It could be concluded that Ms. Dyer’s conversations with Ms. Chrysanthou were elsewhere in the public domain, Withers said. Michael Hodge QC, who represented Ms. Dyer, argued that there was no doubt that his client’s interaction with Ms. Chrysanthou was confidential at this point and considered it a “pivotal exercise” to prepare any communication on the matter as requested had been. The defamation case has been frozen until Judge Tom Thawley determines whether there is a conflict of interest. A three-day hearing to resolve this issue has been scheduled for May 24th. Australian Associated Press

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If former Attorney General Christian Porter loses a senior attorney in his defamation case, it will be a “very big deal,” the federal court said.

Sue Chrysanthou SC has been using her defamation law expertise over an extended period of time to ensure the federal minister’s trial goes up this year, her lawyer Christopher Withers SC said on Wednesday.

“That could be at risk if she cannot act … so we are vigorously defending to keep her on lawyer in a case that has the most serious implications for (Christian Porter),” he said.

A motion to keep Ms. Chrysanthou off the case comes from Jo Dyer, a good friend of the late woman who is at the center of the rape allegations against Mr. Porter – which he denies.

The current Minister for Industry, Science and Technology launched a defamation campaign against the ABC and journalist Louise Milligan in March for an article on historical rape allegations against the unnamed cabinet minister.

Ms. Dyer is concerned that she discussed confidential information with Ms. Chrysanthou while she was her lawyer. The extent of their lawyer-client relationship has been contested in court.

What was discussed at their chamber meeting in November 2020 and whether it was classified as confidential at that time and will continue to do so is a central issue for the judge.

Mr. Withers said Ms. Dyer was a prolific public commentator on allegations related to her “dear friend” and cited 15 relevant Twitter comments she had made.

Some of her tweets include that the police investigation and the Prime Minister’s response to reports have been inadequate and that she “will not allow this issue to be addressed”.

It could be concluded that Ms. Dyer’s conversations with Ms. Chrysanthou were elsewhere in the public domain, Withers said.

Michael Hodge QC, who represented Ms. Dyer, argued that there was no doubt that his client’s interaction with Ms. Chrysanthou was confidential at this point and considered it a “pivotal exercise” to prepare any communication on the matter as requested had been.

The defamation case has been frozen until Judge Tom Thawley determines whether there is a conflict of interest.

A three-day hearing to resolve this issue has been scheduled for May 24th.

Australian Associated Press