Mirabella wins $175k in defamation suit

Former federal Liberal politician Sophie Mirabella has been awarded $175,000 in damages after she was defamed by a regional Victorian newspaper.

Ms Mirabella successfully sued the weekly newspaper The Benalla Ensign and its editor Libby Price this year over an article that claimed the former MP had pushed another politician out of the way during a photo opportunity.

County Court Judge Michael Macnamara delivered the damages judgment in Melbourne on Wednesday, awarding Ms Mirabella $175,000 in damages over the April 2016 article.