Alan Jones in a $10mil defamation suit
The Wagners, one of Queensland’s wealthiest families is gunning for Alan Jones. They have filed a suit against Alan Jones, 2GB, 4BC and a freelance journalist for $10 mil in damages.
The Wagners have detailed out more than 30 broadcasts from Alan Jones, in which he reportedly accused the Wagners of corruption and cover-ups in the family’s culpability during the Grantham floods in 2011 in which 12 people were killed. At the time of the flood, the Wagners owned a local quarry and they were recently cleared by the Grantham Floods Inquiry.
Lawyers for the Wagners, brothers Denis, Joe, John and Neil filed the suit late yesterday afternoon seeking damages of $2.5m each from Alan Jones, Harbour City Broadcasters (2GB), Brisbane’s 4BC and The Australian freelance journalist Nick Cater. Nick had appeared on Alan Jones’ program.
“The outcome of proceedings will hopefully in some way go toward correcting the false and defamatory statements made about the 2011 Grantham flood tragedy and the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport that have caused significant damage to the reputation of our family, the operation of the airport and our wider business interests”, said Denis Wagner in statement released to media.