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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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me, Warren. And he then said to me, 'Peter, could you go to your office and get Woolridge's letter.' So I did that and returned to the director's office and gave the director the Woolridge letter. To Mr Snowdon?---No, I gave it to the director. Who was kr Dodson?---That's right. And what did Mr Dodson do with the letter - - - ?---He then - - - - - if anything?---Handed it over the table to Snowdon. And if I can just ask you again to have a look at - just so w e re clear about the document - could I ask you to have a look at document 43. Document 43, Your Honour, I think i ts in the first volume?---Yes, that's the letter. And that's the letter which Mr Dodson then handed to Mr Snowdon?---That's right. ' ' And did further conversation then take place?---Warren had a quick fl-ick through it and" said, 'Its pretty bloody lengthy but said; Yeah, that's no trouble, I'll fix that for you.' And prior to that exchange taking place, had Mr Dodson complained to you at all about your failure or the fact that you had not prepared a response yourself in relation to that letter?---No, no. Not at all. I remember it's received on say about the 24th of December, and we immediately broke until the 4th of January, so we're talking about the lapse of three days - three working days. So, Mick certainly was not fussed and I think had not even raised with me the issue of the Woolridge letter. So it came completely out of the blue when he asked me to get it, I give it to him and then he hands it to Snowdon, saying, 'Can you do me a draft response?' Now, at that time, did you give any consideration to whether * such a request may be prudent or imprudent?---I thought it was - well, pretty stupid. Handing a politicians letter to another politician and asking one to write a response, I thought, was pretty peculiar. I'd never seen it happen before. Did you advise Mr Dodson that that was your preliminary thought, in any event?---No, I didn't. Why not?---I had only known the director for less than a month and we'd only had a few working days together. I didn't feel that I was in a position to say, 'Mick, this is pretty stupid what you're doing, this is - you know, think about it, this is not good judgment. I just didn't feel that I was in a 2 4/ld H a n s e n 78 P.J. H A N S E N X N 18/ 1 1 / 9 8