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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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Is that Barry Clark?---That's it. And was there also a person named Clare who met with you or not?---No, she - she worked out of the CLC office. In Alice Springs?---In Alice Springs. And so did you have a meeting with all those people then on 18 January '93?---Yes. And what was discussed at that meeting?---Well, I'm not sure whether Clare was part of it - it may have been done with her on the telephone but I'm not sure of that. What was discussed at the meeting?---Well, what was discussed was where we were up to in terms of content for Land Rights News. Tony reported on what stories he had finished and he said, 'Well, you know, there's a lot of vacant space that we've got to fill up.' So I then said, 'Well, we'll give you a hand' and I asked Harvey to think of a subject on which he could write a story. I said I'd write a story and Barry was, of course - well, that was his job, to help Tony write stories. And how-would you describe the meeting, amicable or otherwise?---It was fine. Now, did you have any concern, at this stage, or not about Hr Haritos' capacity to meet such deadlines?---Yes, I d formed the opinion that after watching him now for - supervising his performance, I formed the opinion that it was getting a bit beyond the pale,, all of these alleged problems about meeting deadlines. He was arriving at work just before or' just after 9 o'clock each day. Many, many times I went into his office and saw- on his computer screen stories which did not relate to the NLC. They related to Cullen Bay, the Mariner Development which was taking place or proposed and I heard him talking frequently on the telephone with journalists about the issue of Cullen Bay. So it got to the stage where I thought, well, I've seen this guy now for five weeks, he keeps complaining that he can't meet deadlines, I've been given the job of assisting Snowdon. The director has agreed that the deadline be the 11th of February and I can say that I was becoming quite concerned at the excuses that kept on being offered up - sorry, the lack of excuses. You know, there was no sound excuse offered. It was just a statement that, 'I'm going to have difficulty meeting the deadline.' HIS HONOUR: Was Cullen Bay an issue within the NLC?---No, not at all. MR SOUTHWOOD: If I could then take you to some of the documents in - I think, still volume 1 - firstly, if I could 33-34/ld Hansen 87 P.J. HANSEN XN 18/11/98