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The Supreme Court of Australia Transcript of Proceedings Between Peter Julian Hansen (Plaintiff) and Northern Land Council (Defendant) pages 52-117



The Supreme Court of Australia Transcript of Proceedings Between Peter Julian Hansen (Plaintiff) and Northern Land Council (Defendant) pages 52-117

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And did you, on that day, execute - perhaps i I could ask you to have a look back at document - sorry, Your Honour - document 25? Now, apart from discussing those matters, did Mr Dodson give you any further advice in relation to any other matters he wished you to attend to?---No,, he was extremely busy, as you can imagine, catching up on all of what had been happening during his absence. So, there weren't any lengthy conversations between u s . And if I could then ask you to have a look at document number 35 in the bundle?---The - - Perhaps while Mr Hansens doing that, if I could indicate to Your Honour that - because I don't want to let it go by my learned friend made a submission that this evidence was peripherally relevant. It's our submission that it all is indeed most relevant. One of the general allegations that have been made in the defence, in paragraph 12.7 of the defence, is that: 'The plaintiff's general character and attributes were inappropriate for a person in the position of senior policy officer.' So, of course, whats important in relation to meeting that allegation is-how he performed his.duties during, the relevant period, if Your Honour pleases. HIS HONOUR: Yes. MR SOUTHWOOD: Have you read then document number 35?---Yes. And again, was that a letter you prepared for Mr Dodsons signature?---Yes. Was that letter ultimately sent to Mr Hatton?---Yes, it was. If I could take you then to 17 December 1992, at that time was there a joint meeting of land councils at the Beaufort Hotel?- I'm not sure if it was the Beaufort Hotel. It was one of the big hotels here in Darwin. Was the purpose of that joint meeting to discuss the consequences of the Mabo case?---Yes, it was. Can you tell His Honour what was your involvement during the period of time that was taken up by the land councils dealing with that matter?---This was a meeting with the Prime Minister's senior adviser, Sandy Holloway, on the ramifications of Mabo. He'd been sent by the Prime Minister to consult with this joint meeting of land councils. Those present were the Cape York Land Council, the Kimberley Land Council, the Central Land Council, the Northern Land Council and their directors and senior staff were present along with Mr Holloway and I think one or two Prime Minister's Department 14/ld Hansen 68 P.J. H A N S E N XN 18/11/98