The Supreme Court of Australia Transcript of Proceedings Between Peter Julian Hansen (Plaintiff) and Northern Land Council (Defendant) pages 52-117
Tabled paper 807
Tabled Papers for 8th Assembly 1997 - 2001; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT
Tabledby Shane Stone
Made available by the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory under Standing Order 240. Where copyright subsists with a third party it remains with the original owner and permission may be required to reuse the material.
On 2 February 1993, was the federal election announced?---On Sunday, yes. If I could then take you to Monday, 8 February 1993, did Mr Haritos advise you about any matter on that day?---Yes, about mid-morning he told me that Michael Woolridge had come to town, that Woolridge and Senator Tambling were arranging a big media event during the afternoon and that it was being put to the media that it was a story which was bigger than the Leo McClay(?) affair. Yes, what was the Leo McClay affair?---The Speaker of the House of Reps fell of his buck and sued the parliament. Right, and did you have a further discussion with Mr Haritos at about 1.30 pm on that day?---Yes, I did. Was he more specific at that stage about what Mr Woolridge was on about?---Yes, he said he'd learnt from journalists that it concerned the letter. What letter?---Well, I think he said, 'the letter'. Right, did he elaborate further than that or not?---And that and that Woolridge had copies. And as a result of that receipt of that information, what did you do?---I rang Doolan at Snowdon's office and said - told him what Tony Haritos had told me and said, 'What's this all about, do you know anything?' and he said, Yeah. He said, 'It's about the.letter that his fellow staffer in Alice Springs had drafted for Mr Dodson.' Yes, and what about it?---And that - well, that Woolridge had a copy of it and that - well, it seemed that he had two copies; one, the draft from Snowdon's Alice Springs office and then he had the personally - the signed version from Director Dodson. Now, as a result of receiving that information from Mr Doolan, did you contact either Mr Dodson or the Chairman, Mr Yunupingu?---I was immediately apprehensive and I thought this has got to be pretty big if it's being touted as bigger than the Leo McClay affair, this is day two of the election campaign, that it's got to be huge. So, I knew that the director and the chairman were meeting somewhere in Sydney - I think it was a Reconciliation Council meeting - so, I asked the chairman's secretary or perhaps both - both his secretary and the director's secretary, to try and locate both Mr Dodson and Mr Yunupingu. And were either of those gentlemen able to be located?---The as it turned out, yes. 59-60/ld Hansen 114 P.J. HANSEN XN 18/11/98