In explosive evidence before ICAC, former minister Ian Macdonald continues to assert that he used an atlas and randomly (but unknowingly) pointed to a plot for the Mt Penny allotment.
Counsel assisting the Commission, Geoffrey Watson
I’m going to suggest that all this business about you finding it in an atlas, that’s a load of hooey; you made it up because you knew you were in trouble
I disagree with it
Are you telling us that you bypassed the world’s leading experts on the matter and just happened to put your thumb right onto Eddie Obeid’s farm, don’t you see that’s silly?
I disagree with you entirely
Mr Macdonald failed to locate Mt Penny on an atlas presented to him by Mr Watson at the inquiry, Mr Macdonald saying he was
pretty good at geography.
I do sympathise with Mr Macdonald. After all, randomly pointing at a map to allocate a plot of land to a favoured supporter is a time-honoured technique. It was the way in which Augustus, Antony and Lepidus divided the Roman empire amongst themselves under the Triumvirate. And busy men can’t be expected to remember the exact location of lands that have been allocated thus – that is the role of the servant.
And can you imagine the harried underling having the temerity to point out to Hadrian when he is deciding where he wanted his wall built
But, Imperator, that runs over land owned by Mr Obeid.