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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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senior officials. It was a two day conference around a large conference table and it was a free-flowing exercise of sharing views about Mabo and its ramifications. So, I think Mr Holloway's purpose was having been directed by the Prime Minister to ascertain the land councils views about where they were going and what they were going to do. What was" your involvement in that process?---1 attended as the directors senior adviser along with, I think possibly Brett Madena, the senior Lawyer, was present and there may have been - there may have been one or two other land council staff present. Now, between starting work on 4 December 1992 and 18 December 1992, had you liaised with Mr Haritos in relation to the completion of the editorial content of the 1991/92 Northern Land Council Annual Report?---Sorry, in relation to the? Editorial content or perhaps; I put it too specifically - in relation to the completion of the 91/92 Northern Land Council Annual Report?---Yes, I checked regularly with him about when it was going to be completed and when it was going to be printed. And can~you tell His Honour more detail about how that checking process was implemented and what occurred as it went along?---It's simply asking every couple of days, 'Hows the annual report going?' and 'Will we get it to the printer's on time so that it can be delivered by the.end of.the month to the minister? and Tony said, Yep, we're on target and we'll have it finished and i tll be with the minister by the end of the month. And was that target, in effect, ultimately achieved?---It was. And how did your inquiries of Mr Haritos go? Were they amicable or not?---Oh, fine. How were the exchanges?---No problem, he simply factually reported that, Yeah, i ts on track and we'll have it,done.'. Now, as a result of the conference on 17 and 18 November, was a letter to the Prime Minister prepared? If I could ask you to have a look at document 36?---Yes, it was. And that document was executed and sent?---It was. Following that matter, did you depart to Tennant Creek on about 20 December 1992?---Yes. With Mr Dodson. What was the purpose of that trip to Tennant Creek?---It was to attend the land hand-overs which were to be conducted by Minister Tichner. 15/ld Ha n s e n 69 P.J. H A N S E N X N 1 8 / 1 1 / 9 8