Treasurer Troy Buswell's legal team wants his former partner's entire defence to a defamation law suit thrown out in a bid to have it "swept under the carpet", Adele Carles said while representing herself in the Supreme Court case this morning.
Ms Carles told Supreme Court Justice Rene Le Miere that Mr Buswell's legal team had applied to strike out her entire 171-page defence and accused her former partner's lawyers of failing to properly confer on the case.
"This is a massive case, massive Your Honour," Ms Carles said during a case management hearing.
"I have been sued, I have taken months to get my defence put in place, I have the legal right to have it properly heard by the court."
Mr Buswell launched his defamation case in December, alleging Ms Carles defamed him across a range of media outlets by making comments about his state of mind, drinking and behaviour at a party at the home of businessman Nigel Satterley more than 18 months ago.
Mr Buswell denies the allegations and contends Ms Carles further defamed him by subsequent comments at a news conference and in a media statement.
Ms Carles told the court today that the case related to 16 publications and 54 alleged imputations.
Justice Le Miere said Mr Buswell's application to strike out Ms Carles' defence should be heard.
He said the allegation of a lack of conferral could be dealt with as part of that process.
Mr Buswell's lawyer, Martin Bennett told the court that the defence contained a fair amount of "ground hog day" - in reference to its repetitiveness - and was the third lodged by Ms Carles.
The former Fremantle MP is representing herself in the case, previously saying she could not afford a lawyer after losing her seat in the last State election.The case was adjourned for written submissions to be lodged over the next six weeks and will be listed again in early November.