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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heard the press conference?' If he could give his - I believe that was the question. HIS HONOUR: He was asked why did he elect to address the media. MR O'LOUGHLIN: I don't see why, looking at what he said, would - needs to be done. He should be able to give that evidence without resorting to documents. MR SOUTHWOOD: If I could just ask y ou'to consider that question, and I'll move on to other matters subsequently, Mr Hansen, but if I could ask you, if possible, without reference to the transcript, if you are able to say why it was that you elected to address the media at this media conference on 8 February 1993?---Because of the extraordinarily serious nature of the charges levelled by Doctor Woolridge on day two of the election campaign. Now, are you able to recall the specifics of the charges that Doctor Woolridge made?---Well, I - it was going on - I was_ watching Your Honour writing, I just wasnt sure that - - Right, just pay attention to my question please, Mr Hansen. Would it'assist you to. go to the transcript in order to recall the specific allegations that Doctor Woolridge made on this day?---No . Right. What, in particular, in relation to those allegations were you concerned about?---He called my boss a liar. He said that he was deceitful, that he was dishonest, that he could not be trusted, that he was guilty, of collusion and that my employer was also involved in this disgraceful behaviour and that he, as shadow minister, may in fact become minister in five weeks and that he was very apprehensive about having to deal with a body which, he was basically saying,, he couldn't trust, that the NLC and its director were so reprehensible that he wouldn't be able to have satisfactory dealings, as a minister, with them in the future. And was it for that reason that you elected to address the media?---My word it was! Is that a convenient time, Your Honour? HIS HONOUR: Didn't Doctor Woolridge complain about what he saw to be a connection between the Labor Party and the NLC? ---Oh, there was very definitely that too. That was one of the things he - was central to his complaint, wasn't it?---Yes, but he was killing two birds with one stone. All right. We'll adjourn till 10.00. ADJOURNED AT 4.3 2 PM TO 19 NOVEMBER 19 9 8 62/ld Hansen 117 P.J. HANSEN XN 18/11/98