The Courier-Mail : 2020-08-11

NEWS : 12 : 12


NEWS 12 TUESDAY AUGUST 11 2020 COURIERMAI­L.COM.AU DERRICK KRUSCHE VANESSA MARSH A GOLD Coast Hinterland principal embroiled in a longrunnin­g defamation dispute with school parents who criticised her online has been refused leave to appeal the case in the state’s highest court. Tamborine Mountain State High School principal Tracey Brose was awarded $6000 in damages after a landmark defamation case in February in which a judge upheld her complaint against two parents but dismissed her claim against two others. Ms Brose lodged an appeal against a decision that she pay costs to parent Trudie Arnold who Judge Catherine Muir found had not defamed Ms Brose in comments made on Facebook. Barrister Rob Anderson appeared for Ms Brose in the Court of Appeal on Monday where he submitted the appeal was a “case with very good merits” and was not “all about costs” as had been argued by the respondent. “That might be true in circumstan­ces where the appeal would serve no purpose other than to vary the cost position,” Mr Anderson said. “But that’s not the case here, we say there is a substantia­l injustice that requires address. At present on the face of judgment there has been no vindicatio­n with respect of meanings that she was a liar or a bully.” He said the appeal held an ELLEN RANSLEY BCME01Z01M­A - V1 PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­ +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW