UPDATE PM Wednesday 3 December
Tomorrow morning at 9:30AM, Federal MP Mr Bob Katter will hold a press conference in support of Peter Spencer at the entrance to the Federal Court building in Queens Square, Sydney.
SUMMARYOF TODAY’S HEARINGS
Today’s hearings included the witness statements and cross-examination of Brian Plummer, a Tottenham farmer, two former Presidents of the NSW Farmers Association – Mr Charles Armstrong and Mr Mal Peters; and three valuers – Mr Colin Davies for Spencer, Mr Bernie Sullivan and Mr Robert Connolly for the respondents.
The morning testimonies by Mr Plummer, and the two past presidents of the NSW Farmers Association combined to describe a clear picture of the effect of the Native Vegetation Legislation on NSW farmers.
There was some confusion with the documents filed about the valuation of Spencer’s property Saarahnlee, because unfortunately Peter Spencer was not aware of a new valuation being filed. The evidence of Mr Davies will continue on Thursday morning.
The valuer for Peter Spencer, Mr Colin Davies, will complete his evidence.
He will be followed into the witness box by Dr David Kemp, who was the Minister for Environment & Heritage in the Howard Government at the time of the proclamation of the 2003 Native Vegetation Act.
Dr Kemp will be followed by Dr Alan Moran, former Director of the Institute of Public Affairs as an expert witness for Peter Spencer.
PROGRAM FOR FRIDAY 5 DECEMBER
It is anticipated that Justice Mortimer will announce her decision about the admissibility of the trial documents of evidence submitted by Mr Spencer.