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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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position to say that and I knew - I knew very well the close relationship between Snowdon and Dodson. You know, they had been working together for a decade, so they knew each other and each other's capacities. I knew Snowdon exceptionally well. I didn't know Dodson so well, I'd only been with him for a short period of time, so I thought to myself, well, Mick must know what he's doing, so I thought - I did have a second thought and that was, 'Oh well, you know, if Wassa is going to answer the letter, then I consider it to b e ' - by this stage, it's a huge lengthy document, it was going to involve me in an exceptional amount of time to devise an answer to it. I'd already decided that I'd - that my way of handling it would be to write back half a page and say, 'We've received your letter, we've noted its contents, nothing in it diminishes from the fact that Fightback is going to take 170m from Aboriginal Affairs' and that would've been the way that I handled it. So, I thought, 'Well, it's going to save me an enormous amount of time.' I had already been involved in so much important work, this I regard - this, as the least important. So, I certainly was not unhappy from a personal work sense that the boys had decided that they'd handle, it-and so it was taken away from me. And did .that then - the matter pertaining to Mr .Woolridge' s letter, -conclude the discussion that you were involved in on 7 January '93? Yes, they were the only two issues discussed. HIS HONOUR: Was Mr Snowdon handed a copy of the letter or was he handed the original?---He was handed the original. I guess, before he left the office, a copy was made. I doubt that he took away the original. MR SOUTHWOOD: And that then concluded'your involvement on that day?---No. I think that, as a result of that, I then had a meeting with Tony Haritos and this is when we firmed up the date for the first issue, and the date was to be the 11th of February, 'cause Snowdon was told, you know, 'Look, this' - and it confirmed my view, I was - by this stage, there'd been an enormous amount of speculation going no in the press about, when the election would be called. I'd formed the view that it was going to be the 28th of February. So, when Snowdon said,' 'It's close but I can't pick the date', I thought, 'All right, well, I reckon its going to be the 28th, so what we need to do is get Land Rights News out, say, a fortnight before the 28th' and so, we decided in discussion with Tony and also Mick - because Mick wanted to know how I was going to go about my part of the agreement to help Snowdon. So, my part is to ensure that the most favourable light can be put on Snowdon in Land Rights News and, at the same time, bag the Liberal Party. During that conversation with Mr Haritos and Mr Dodson, did Mr Haritos express any view as to whether it would be possible 2 4 - 2 5 / l d H a n s e n 79 P.J. H A N S E N XN 1 8/11/98