Premier sued for $3.5m in defamation cases

QUEENSLAND Premier Campbell Newman is now being sued by three people for a combined $3.5m in damages for alleged defaming remarks made towards a federal MP and bikie defence lawyers.

Gold Coast solicitor Chris Hannay represented accused bikie brawler Jacques Teamo earlier this year and took offence to comments made by Mr Newman, suggesting bikie defence lawyers were part of a criminal gang and would do anything to defend their clients.

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie then went on to add that Mr Newman’s comments referred to Hannay Lawyers specifically.


Mr Hannay today added his solicitor son Daniel as a complainant in his law suit against Mr Newman and Mr Bleijie in Brisbane’s Supreme Court.

He and his father are now each seeking $1.2 million in damages.

Mining magnate and federal MP Clive Palmer is also suing the premier for defamation and seeking $1.1 million in damages in a separate action, after Mr Newman accused him of trying to buy the Queensland government.