The use of taxpayer funds for psychiatrists to sue a former mental health patient over a blog, broke Queensland government rules that were brought in to prevent Bjelke-Petersen-era misuse of defamation laws.
- Metro North did not seek the approval of the Attorney-General to undertake legal action, as required by government indemnity guidelines
- An RTI application showed the office of the Attorney-General did not receive any request from Metro North regarding the legal action
- A law expert says it is “not the norm” to use taxpayer funds for legal action
The ABC can reveal Australia’s largest public hospital service, Metro North, bankrolled the $700,000 private defamation claim against a disability pensioner without seeking the…