|FORMER CHIEF MINISTER FRANK WALKER AND FORMER HOME AFFAIRS MINISTER ANDREW LEWIS|
I think that some of the first paragraph is true, he certainly went through some sort of script as described in the first paragraph. The second one isn't and it has the crucial omission, doesn't it, "wanted up to an hour to consider matters"; oh, no he didn't say that. He said "We will give you an hour to consider your position." I'm saying that on oath. Anyone who thinks I'm not telling the truth about that do your worst. He said "We will give you one hour to consider your position." That isn't true.
You have explained in your statement that you took that to mean consider whether you want to resign?
We all knew what he meant. There was not the slightest doubt what he meant.
Tell us what he did mean?
He meant that if I wanted to go quietly and resign I could do so, that's what he meant, because here he was sitting with a lot of legal looking papers and I was going to be in for a lot of stress and a lot of trouble, but if I wanted to go quietly into the next room and sign a piece of paper, I could. That was absolutely -- there is not a shred of doubt that that was what he meant. And my part, and on his as well, because he wouldn't have changed it in there unless he realised that that phrase was a problem.
In paragraph 3 it says that you refused the offer of time.
Andrew Lewis states that Graham Power was given the opportunity to consider the suspension and that was what he was offered. I don't really understand what Andrew Lewis means by that. What else apart from retiring or resigning was on the table? Andrew Lewis didn't even inform Graham Power why he was being summoned to Cyril Le Marquand House.