For those who may be wondering where those missing case transcripts are from the free Speech case of late last year, we now have the answer.
These are the ones we said we'd post on "smuggled.com" as soon as they became available.
On Thursday 20 December 2001, we approached the VGRS (Victorian Government Recording Service) for these missing transcripts. In fact we took the rare step of attending their city offices at Level 1, 167 Queen Street, Melbourne City.
The staff were having a huge tax-payer funded booze-up, but we managed to extract a woman from the party and tried to get some sense from her.
She said that "yes we have the transcripts", but "no you are not getting them".
When we asked why, the woman (who was friendly and as helpful as she could be in her drunken state), said that it was "standard procedure" not to give these missing transcripts out.
Further questions resulted in the woman stating that these sections (namely the judge's handing down of his verdict on 29 November 2001 in court and the pre-sentencing hearing on 4 December 2001), were deemed "non-essential" and thus not provided.
Well we beg to differ.
She confirmed that the VGRS had the transcripts and then even retrieved them and showed them to us.
They consisted 86 pages and she said that we could have them if we paid up $231.65, which she said was the cost of 81 pages (the sentencing hearing) at $2.60 per page, plus John Howard's GST.
She refused to waive this fee, so we left the transcripts with the VGRS.
So for those who may falsely accuse of us of hiding material from readers (as Judge Eames himself demonstrably did in his judgement), the fault, once again lies with the government side!
Readers of this note are free to obtain copies of these transcripts for themselves (or at least try to) and may once again treat this piece as written authorization from Raymond Hoser and Kotabi Pty Ltd (ACN 007 395 048) to obtain these transcripts or original master tapes for any purpose, as per requirements of the Freedom of Information (FoI) and any other related or relevant acts.
We will however seek to obtain these transcripts by other means (and without paying for them) if at all possible, noting that the actions of Hulls and his underlings have cost us (a readily substantiated) at least $90,000 to date.
The man in charge of the relevant section of the VGRS is a Mr. Michael Thompson.