Scenario. You have a missed call on your mobile. You see the number on your mobile phone screen.
A. Ring back and say "sorry, I see I have a missed call from you, who is it?" or
B. Commence proceedings in court and issue a subpoena to the phone company requiring its attendance and production of documents.
Page 30 Senate Wednesday, 17 October 2012
EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS LEGISLATION COMMITTEE
Senator ABETZ: Who is the mystery recipient? There is an article fresh in today's paper saying that Fair Work Australia is considering issuing subpoenas to determine the identity of a mystery individual on the New South Wales Central Coast whom Independent MP Craig Thomson rang on some of his alleged nights of union-paid passion with prostitutes away from home. What can you tell us about that?
Ms O'Neill: Nothing. The by-line is perhaps a little misleading. I think the only point that was being made was that, as in any litigation, there is a capacity for a party to seek subpoenas if that is necessary. It is no more than that. There is nobody in mind.
Senator ABETZ: Did you try to ring the number to see who might be at the other end of it?
Ms O'Neill: I cannot tell you that. I do not know the answer to that.
Senator ABETZ: Mr Nassios?
Mr Nassios: I am on leave, so I have had nothing to do with the investigation since—
Senator ABETZ: Third time lucky. Ms Carruthers? No?
Ms Carruthers: Are you talking about with respect to the statement of claim or—
Senator ABETZ: No. I am talking about the story that is in today's Australian saying that Fair Work is considering issuing a subpoena to find out who the person was on the other end of the phone.
Ms Carruthers: Certainly I have not attempted to ring the number.
Senator ABETZ: Has anybody, to your knowledge?
Ms Carruthers: Not that I—
Senator ABETZ: I would have thought that might have been the first step—to try to find out whether somebody actually answers the number, and Google it or ask Mr Thomson or whatever. Anyway, good luck with the subpoena on that. I would have thought there might have been other ways. Did you try to get the identity of the owner or holder of that number previously?
Ms O'Neill: I do not know the answer to that.
Senator ABETZ: Mr Nassios?
Mr Nassios: I am not even aware of the article you are referring to.
Senator ABETZ: All right. Please take it on notice and then let us know. I think Senator Ronaldson started pursuing this and I was out of the room, so if you have dealt with it fully let me know, but there was an article in today's Australian Financial Review…..
After the commercial break, we'll be back to find out if those crazy Aussies from the Fair Work Australia team have found the "World's most expensive way to do things" with mobile phone numbers!!!
And after the break we'll be back with Dr Bernadette's Ettiquetee - this week it's how to look like you're making diligent enquiries about who Craig rang that night without causing anyone any embarrassing moments.