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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As a result of that, did you, Mr Dodson and the minister have a discussion about that at dinner one evening?---Yes, we had dinner on successive nights at the Dolly Pot Inn and, I think on the second night, the minister told Dodson directly that, yes, he was going to accede to his request. So there was a verbal undertaking given by Mr Tichner in Tennant Creek to that effect?---Yes. Are you able to say, was that undertaking given on or about.21 December 1992?---I think it's more likely the 22nd. During the period of time that you were away, did you also then give some consideration to devising an in-house weekly newsletter?--- Yes, on the - I'm not sure, but probably the third day - we arrived on the Sunday and I think it was the Wednesday - but the minister had a charter plane to go to - I think it was Nicholson River to do a hand-over of this station to the Aboriginal people. I've forgotten where - I'm adrift here, where was I? This is in relation to the weekly newsletter?--- Yeah. Okay, so the plane had only sufficient seats for the minister and his advisers and two others - two other spare seats. So, Mick asked me if I would remain behind in Tennant Creek because he wanted to take his daughter on the plane - - MR O'LOUGHLIN: Your Honour, the question was, for the third time, I think, 'Did you devise an in-house newsletter?' and we're now talking about an aeroplane to somewhere else, so I just think the witness should answer the question. MR SOUTHWOOD: I think he's endeavouring to, Your Honour. I'll ask him to be more specific. I think he's just laying the circumstances in which he came to have the opportunity to give consideration to such a matter. HIS HONOUR: Yes. Well, try to cut it back. MR SOUTHWOOD: As matters transpired, on the 22nd, Mr Dodson - went to Robinson River, is that correct?---Yes. Leaving you by yourself in Tennant Creek?---Yeah. What did you do while you were in Tennant Creek on that day? -Well, I thought to make myself productive 'cause not a lot happens in Tennant Creek, so thinking about work matters, one of the situations which I'd already become aware of in the Land Council was the personnel officer and several others had said to me, 'There is an absolute lack of intra-office communication, that people don't know what's happening until i ts reported in the press.' I thought to myself, 'How can I overcome this situation?' As policy adviser, I took that to 18/ld H a n s e n 73 P.J. H A N S E N X N 18 / 1 1 / 9 8