I have three basic points about the government backing down on their proposed laws.
1) If Andrew Bolt had a work ethic and found some evidence he would not have been found guilty. As it is his lawyers agreed his 'research' amounted to nought.
2) The Plaintiffs deliberately did not use the libel laws although they would have won handsomely and got quite a bit of cash as well. In other words it is was the principle they were after. It is ironic Bolt has none!
3) The Loudest supporters of free speech do not practice it e.g. Catallaxy