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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HIS HONOUR: But it's not being led to.show the minister was angry. It's being led to show that Dodson told this witness that the minister was angry. MR O'LOUGHLIN: I won't press it any further. t HIS HONOUR: Yes, I'll allow it. MR SOUTHWOOD: If Your Honour pleases. You were up to the point, Mr Hansen, where you said that Mr Dodson said that he had been given a document by the minister. Could you pick the conversation up at that point, please?---The director said that the - the briefing paper was from ATSIC, that it was highly condemnatory of the NLCs annual report for the previous year. And did he then ask you to do something?---Yes, he asked me to meet with Neville Mitchell, the administration manager, and formulate a response to pacify the minister. Did he give you any more information than that?---Yes, he said that the minister had told him that the NLCs annual report had been qualified three times-by the auditor. And - - - ?---And - - Sorry, did that conclude what he told you?---And he said to me that he was as angry as the minister because he did not know before the minister told him, he did not know that there were three qualifications to the audited accounts for - that were published in the annual report. Is that the extent of what he conveyed to you - that is, Mr Dodson?---Yes. He also said that he was proposing - he had to go somewhere. He said, 'Look, I've got to go, I've got another engagement next day but what I'm proposing to do is send Wes to the minister's office for further discussions about this problem and about getting extra funding because he's got nowhere' - this is - the purpose of this trip was to get extra funding from the minister and he's been told, 'No way' . The extra funding, just to be clear about that, is funding to, in effect, replace the monies which were distributed, being the $546,000 or thereabouts?---Well, it soon became evident to me when I got off the phone and went and got the annual report and read it, and read the annual report for the previous year, that - yeah, that's correct. If I could just ask you to pause there. 4 7/ Id Hansen 103 P.J. HANSEN XN 18/11/98