ACTOR Paul Hogan has lost a High Court to challenge to keep secret a dossier containing his offshore financial dealings, following a ruling this morning.
The High Court dismissed an appeal by Hogan, who wanted to keep the documents kept confidential, The Australian has reported.
Hogan, his artistic collaborator John Cornell and their accountant Tony Stewart are the target of the nation's $300 million Wickenby investigation into the use of offshore tax havens. The trio have denied any wrongdoing
Nationwide News, publisher of the Herald Sun, had asked to see a number of documents that were tendered as part of a long-running court case involving Hogan.
The Australian was successful but Hogan then fought the matter all the way to the High Court, which ruled against him this morning. He was also ordered to pay the legal costs of Nationwide News and Fairfax Media.
The High Court said Hogan had made the decision to put the material into evidence.“If the file material has been admitted into evidence the interests of open justice are engaged,” five High Court judges said in a written judgment released this morning.
“The placing of material in evidence, even on the faith of what for the time being would be a restriction imposed by a s50 order, is a matter of forensic decision,” the judges said.