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 done or - - - ?---I think it occurs but at a later stage. Did you make any recommendations to Mr Dodson about what should be done alternatively to sending the letter drafted by Mr Mitchell?---Yes, I said, 'The only way to get this matter cleared up quickly and comprehensively is to call the auditor in and ask him why he couldn't - why he had made the qualifications and why he couldn't say that the distributions were lawful. And why did you think it was necessary to do that?---Because he's the primary source. He's the one who's made the qualifications. And. as a result of that advice, was a meeting organised with the auditor?---Yes, it was. And did that meeting take place on about 1 February 1993, that is the same Monday?---I think so, yes. And how did that - firstly, who was the auditor?---Barry Hanson - no relation to me. And did-Mr Hanson come and attend at the NLC offices at about 12.00 pm on that day?---Yes. And what discussions> if any, took place at that meeting? Well, present were Mick, Mitchell and a woman - Karen Timpson, who was an accountant, and myself. Yes and what did Mr Dodson, if anything, ask Mr Hanson to do?- Mr Dodson said to Hanson, to Barry Hanson, 'Barry, were the surpluses correctly calculated?' Yes, what did you understand him to mean by that?---Well, I m not entirely sure but what I think - - HIS HONOUR: Is this at all helpful? MR SOUTHWOOD: I'll move on.. I'll press on, Your Honour. Did you agree as to whether that was the only request which should be made of the auditor or not?---No, because the auditor said in response to that question from Mick, 'Yes, they were', was his response. Yes, what questions did you think should be asked of the auditor?---I started to get the question out - and I'm not sure if I'd finished it, but my question was, 'Barry, why can't you say that the distributions are lawful' and the most amazing thing then happened. The auditor got to his feet and said, 'Look, Mick, I've got an important engagement elsewhere, 52/ld Hansen 108 P.J. HANSEN XN 18/11/98