How Christian Porter is going after the ABC for defamation AGAIN


How Christian Porter is going after the ABC for defamation AGAIN – this time on behalf of a colourful Melbourne identity

  • Mick Gatto will be represented by Mr Porter in defamation case against the ABC
  • Gatto sued the broadcaster over 2019 article he said implied he was a murderer
  • He claimed article implied he’d threatened to kill gangland lawyer Nicola Gobbo
  • Gatto lost the case but has now sought special leave to appeal to the High Court
  • Mr Porter discontinued his own defamation case against ABC last year

Underworld veteran Mick Gatto is taking a defamation case against the ABC to the High Court, represented by former attorney-general Christian Porter. 

Mr Porter, who retired from politics at the May election, last year discontinued his own defamation case against the ABC. 

Mr Gatto sued the public broadcaster and reporters Nino Bucci and Sarah Farnsworth over a 2019 article he said implied he was a hitman and murderer who threatened to kill gangland lawyer turned police informer Nicola Gobbo. 

Underworld veteran Mick Gatto is taking a defamation case against the ABC to the High Court, represented by former attorney-general Christian Porter (pictured)

Underworld veteran Mick Gatto is taking a defamation case against the ABC to the High Court, represented by former attorney-general Christian Porter (pictured)

Initially Mr Gatto sought an apology over the article but later sought the ‘maximum payout’ in a defamation case in Victoria’s Supreme Court. 

He lost that case and a Victorian Court of Appeal bid was also dismissed. Mr Gatto vowed that wasn’t the end of the road for him. 

‘I’m going to fight tooth and nail all the way,’ he said. He has now sought special leave to appeal to the High Court. 

Mick Gatto (pictured in March) sued the public broadcaster and reporters Nino Bucci and Sarah Farnsworth over a 2019 article he said implied he was a hitman and murderer who threatened to kill gangland lawyer turned police informer Nicola Gobbo

Mick Gatto (pictured in March) sued the public broadcaster and reporters Nino Bucci and Sarah Farnsworth over a 2019 article he said implied he was a hitman and murderer who threatened to kill gangland lawyer turned police informer Nicola Gobbo

Barristers Guy Reynolds and Daniel Ward are also representing Mr Gatto. 

Mr Porter launched his own defamation case against the ABC and investigative reporter Louise Milligan, over reports that identified historical rape allegations against an unnamed cabinet minister. 

Mr Porter identified himself as the minister in question and denied all allegations. He discontinued the case in May 2021 after the ABC agreed to add an editor’s note to the reports.

Mr Porter launched his own defamation case against the ABC and investigative reporter Louise Milligan (pictured), over reports that identified historical rape allegations against an unnamed cabinet minister

Mr Porter launched his own defamation case against the ABC and investigative reporter Louise Milligan (pictured), over reports that identified historical rape allegations against an unnamed cabinet minister

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