SHORT UPDATE, Day 9 of the trial, Thursday 4 December

The major events at the Federal Court Court, Sydney today were:

• A visit to express solidarity for Spencer’s case and media conference by Federal MP for Kennedy, Mr Bob Katter
• Completion of the evidence by valuer Mr Colin Davies
• Testimony and cross examination of Dr David Kemp, former Minister for Environment & Heritage in the Howard Government at the time of the proclamation of the 2003 Native Vegetation Act.

Justice Mortimer announced her decisions about which of the trial documents submitted were admissible. Peter now going through the list.

The evidence phase of the trial is now complete. Spencer and the team are now working on his final oral and written submissions.

The presentation of the final oral submissions by the respondents will commence with that of the AGS (for the Commonwealth) on Tuesday morning, to be followed by the NSW Crown Solicitor and then Peter Spencer.