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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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pestering - hounding the minister for extra funding and now the minister informs the director that the monies been spent and the auditor can't say whether it's lawful. So, as a result of forming that view, did you do anything? ---Yes, I then went downstairs to the administration manager's office, Neville Mitchell. Yes?---And I said, 'For Christ's sake, what's going on? That, 'Mick has just rung me from the minister's office, said he's had the rounds of the table and been told to get his own fucking house in order' and that, 'Mick has told me that he had no knowledge of the director's qualifications.' And did Mr Mitchell respond to your statement?---Yeah, he didn't seem - didn't seem perturbed, didn't seem terribly upset. He said - he said, 'Yeah, I've got a copy of the ATSIC briefing paper and I'm drafting a response to it for Mick.' And subsequently, did he show you a response which he drafted?---Yes, he did. . ... I ask you to have a look at document 63, I think it might be in volume 2, do you see it?---Yes. Is that the response which Mr Miller prepared on 28 January - Mitchell, sorry - on 28 January '93?---Yes, it is. Did you read the response on that day?---Yes, I did. And that document which is in the bundle, has some handwriting on it?---Yes. Is that handwriting yours or someone else's?---I see my handwriting. Which is your handwriting?---On all the front page. Yes?---I can't identify the handwriting on the following page. In any event, did you forma view as to whether the proposed response of Mr Mitchell was an adequate response or not an adequate response?---I formed the view that it was wholly inadequate. Why was that?---Because it was misleading, it was evasive, it was. incomplete. It just - it just wasn't properly addressing the issues which the director needed to satisfy the angst of the minister. And what issues did you think needed to be addressed?---Well, can I turn to the ATSIC briefing paper? 49/ld Hansen 105 P.J. HANSEN XN 18/11/98