The Federal Court has allowed for subpoenas to be issued to three witnesses for the Spencer v. Commonwealth of Australia trial starting on Monday. They are:
Dr David Kemp – who was Minister for the Environment and Heritage from November 2001 to July 2004. He is currently Chairman of the Old Parliament House Advisory Council.
Mr Charles Armstrong – past President of the NSW Farmers’ Association, currently Board Member of the Australian Farm Institute and Chair of the National Farmers Federation.
Mr Mal Peters OAM – also a former President of the NSW Farmers’ Association and currently Chair of Regional Development Australia.
Importantly, Spencer is not precluded from making applications about specific (new) witnesses as the case proceeds, whose evidence may prove to be critical in exposing informal arrangements between the Commonwealth and NSW if the documentary evidence cannot be found during the trial.
Can’t help wondering if the political – agricultural – environmental establishment of that period of history might be thinking that their cage is being rattled?