Bob Katter endorses Spencer in media conference
Mr Katter said “Today the question is: who owns the land, the crown or the people?”
“If Mr Spencer loses his case then we have decided the Crown, and not the Australian people, own their land,”
“We will have set the history of our rights, privileges and freedoms in this country back to the date before the Magna Carta was signed. That’s how serious the case is.”
The major events at the Federal Court, Sydney on Thursday 4 December, 2014 were:
- A visit of solidarity for Spencer’s case and media conference by Federal MP Bob Katter, Federal MP for Kennedy.
- 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.
- Testimony of expert witness Dr Alan Moran, former Director of the Institute of Public Affairs
Dr Kemp was professional in his responses. Nevertheless his evidence was consistent with the existence of the formal arrangement between the Commonwealth and NSW, that NSW would implement the 2003 Native Vegetation Act based on Federal Government funding for its implementation; and consistent with the Commonwealth’s plan to meet its Kyoto commitments through the stored carbon in the resulting vegetation.
Justice Mortimer announced her decisions about which of the trial documents submitted were admissible. Peter Spencer is now going through the list.
The evidence phase of the trial is now complete.
Spencer and the team are 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 on Tuesday morning. Mr Spencer will make his final oral submission on Thursday morning.
Photographs: Peter Spencer – tired out after another exhausting day in court, Bob Katter in full flight outside Federal Court (courtesy AAP)