A West Australian newspaper has been ordered to hand over documents relating to an article it published containing allegations about the behaviour of the Treasurer Troy Buswell.
Mr Buswell has launched a defamation case against his former partner, independent MP Adele Carles, after she made accusations about him which were published in the Sunday Times newspaper.
The Supreme Court today ordered the newspaper to hand over correspondence between the journalist, Joe Spagnolo, and Ms Carles.
Mr Buswell's legal team issued a subpoena seeking the correspondence.
The court ordered the Sunday Times to produce the documents by Monday.
Meanwhile, the lawyer representing Mr Buswell says there is no chance of negotiating a settlement between his client and Ms Carles.
Last week, Premier Colin Barnett urged both parties to end the bitter feud, saying it was a distraction for the Government.
But lawyer Martin Bennett says Mr Buswell is proceeding with the case.
"The normal Supreme Court rules provide that our obligation is to file a pleading, a statement of claim which will quote the words Ms Carles said to Mr Spagnolo from which then the article was published," he said.