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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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Was that document a document which was provided to you at any stage prior to you coming or starting work with the Northern Land Council?---Yes, it was. When was it provided to you?---Shortly after seeing the advertisement, I rang the Land Council and asked for a copy of the duty statement and it was sent to me in the mail. Thank you. Subsequently to you making your application for employment with the Northern Land Council, were you advised of an interview which was to take place on 26 November 1992? ---Yes. If I could then ask you to tell His Honour what took place at the interview on 26 November 1992?---I was interviewed by four people; Mick Dodson, Brett Madena, Desley Beer and the personnel - Desley Lee - and I think an executive member named Beer, of the Land Council. I was asked quite a number of questions. The interview probably went for three-quarters of an hour to an hour. I answered the questions. At the conclusion of the questions, it was asked of me whether I'd be happy to do a practical test. I said, 'Yes.' I was then given a draft or a mock-up of a briefing and asked to write a^ submission to the minister saying that there would be a shortfall of funds of $500, 000 and that the letter should request that the minister provide those funds to the Northern Land Council. The second element of the practical test was to do a draft press release. I think it was probably along the same lines, so - and again, the subject of $500,000 but I m not certain of that. So, I then - I was then shown to an office and' given a pad and pen and asked to do the practical test. I did it and when I completed it, I took the practical test - by this stage, it was around-about six o'clock and nobody was in the offices. So I walked-downstairs and found the interview panel were outside the building in what was known as the 'smoking room'. I gave them the practical tests and then that was it, I left. Were you ever asked to do such an exercise in applying for any previous positions you'd applied for?---No, but I'd certainly done the same thing myself as manager of - in my previous employment. I think it's a very good idea to require people to demonstrate practically that they have the abilities that they claim. Now, in relation to the application for the money, what was that all about? What information were you given? What precisely were you asked to do?---Well, it was a very - it was a very tough test because - because of the lack of information which was given to me in this mock-up briefing. I'm - I had been well used to reading, analysing and advising on submissions to ministers, to the Royal Commission on Agent Orange and so my background had been one of working with 4-5/id Hansen 57 P.J. H A N S E N XN 1 8/11/98