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mothra

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Love this guy. Have been a fan for years. He's done some really good stuff.
 

johnsmith

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further to your video Monk

NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro sues YouTube comedian Friendlyjordies and Google for defamation
NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro is suing online comedian Jordan Shanks, known as Friendlyjordies, for defamation over two sketch videos published on YouTube.
The claim, lodged in the Federal Court on Thursday, alleges Mr Barilaro was defamed by Mr Shanks and internet giant Google, which refused a request to delete the videos.

The two clips at the centre of the claims have collectively amassed close to 1 million views.

In a statement of claim, lawyers for Mr Barilaro said he was initially defamed in the first video, titled "bruz", published in September, claiming it implied Mr Barilaro was a corrupt conman and committed perjury.

In the video, Mr Shanks delivers his commentary on camera while sitting in a bath-tub at the Albury property of Mr Barilaro that he rented on Airbnb.

In it, he called the Deputy Premier offensive names referencing Mr Barilaro's Italian heritage.

The claim, lodged by Mark O'Brien Legal, said solicitors wrote to Google late last year to have the YouTube video removed because of the "vile and racist" language used in the clip, but received no response.

It also alleged a second video published by Mr Shanks in October titled "Secret Dictatorship" claimed Mr Barilaro acted corruptly by engaging in blackmail.

It claimed Mr Shanks continued "mocking and goading" Mr Barilaro in a third video published in November discussing Mr Barilaro's request to remove the earlier two clips.

Mr Barilaro's office said he was funding the case privately.

Mr Shanks has faced threats of similar legal action from former politician and businessman Clive Palmer in 2019.

His online channel Friendlyjordies has more than 480,000 subscribers, regularly posting videos commenting on Australian politics.

His latest series includes a partnership with former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd involving a "Gogglebox"-style series titled "Deconstructing Propaganda".

In a statement to ABC News, Mr Shanks said he would be relying on the truth defence, labelling the case "dangerous" and "self-interested".

β€œThis suit could have terrible implications for free speech in this country," he said.
 

mothra

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further to your video Monk




Oooh it will be interesting to see how this goes. Friendlyjordies do their homework ... but given the time elapsed between the publications and Barilaro's suit, he may just have covered his arse.
 

johnsmith

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He still hasn’t been handed the papers.

Perhaps @Aussie can clarify, but as I understand it you don't have to actually hand the papers to them in their hand. Otherwise everyone being served would simply refuse to accept the papers. As long as the person is present and it is clear that the papers are for them, dropping them on the floor in front of them is acceptable.
 

Aussie

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Perhaps @Aussie can clarify, but as I understand it you don't have to actually hand the papers to them in their hand. Otherwise everyone being served would simply refuse to accept the papers. As long as the person is present and it is clear that the papers are for them, dropping them on the floor in front of them is acceptable.
Generally speaking....correct.
 

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