It's been a long day of questioning.
It began with James Hird in the witness box.
Hird was followed former ASADA CEO Aurora Andruska, who was grilled by Essendon QC Neil Young for two hours in the first session, and then for almost the entire afternoon session.
Andruska was asked about a number of matters relating to the joint nature of the investigation, including claims she acted under pressure from government officials and the AFL - which she denied.
Andruska struggled to recall details of a number of meetings over the course of the investigation.
She said she delegated the provision of information to the AFL, but says that the provision was done for ASADA's purposes.
Stay tuned for a full wrap of the day from Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper coming soon.
Thanks for joining us for live coverage of day two, we'll see you tomorrow.
That's it for day two.
The case will restart tomorrow at 9:45AM.
ASADA investigators Aaron Walker and Trevor Burgess will take the witness stand.
Middleton says he wants to finish the case tomorrow.
Cross-Examination has concluded.
Just a couple of questions from McNicol (ASADA) to Andruska before the day concludes.
One of these questions relates to a document from June 2012 in which powers were delegated.
Essendon counsel objects as it wasn't discovered.
Middleton says he'll think about it overnight.
Andruska: We have not deviated from the "no fault, no negligence" requirement as dictated in the WADA code.Back to top
Andruska is asked about the subsequent document on March 7 in which the "no fault, no negligence" offer in February 20 document.
The subject of the wording of a document given to the players on Feb 20 is being discussed.
Andruska agrees that it was subject to negotiation between ASADA and the AFL.
Also says the document was given to provide comfort to players in plain English.
Young now takes Andruska back to the 20th of February 2013— Daniel Cherny (@DanielCherny) August 12, 2014
Andruska has said that the steps taken by her and ASADA were of a legal nature countless times today. She has said it again.
Hird remains in the back of the courtroom, Paul Little is still present too. The room has cleared out a fair bit though.
Middleton says he doesn't comprehend why ASADA would provide an interim report if it was done so for ASADA's purposes.
Andruska: I had intended to provide a report that could have been used more broadly by the AFL.Back to top
Andruska has now spent approximately four hours in the witness box.— Daniel Cherny (@DanielCherny) August 12, 2014
Andruska maintaining that she acted in accordance with legal advice. Her grilling from Young has taken up the majority of this second day.
Andruska: When I provided the report on August 2, it was very clear that the purpose of the report was for the ASADA investigation.
I was clear that the AFL wanted to make other decisions, yes.
Back to the interim report...— Daniel Cherny (@DanielCherny) August 12, 2014
Young has requested that ASADA make discovery of a letter from March 26 2013.
The March 1 letter of lawyer Chris Pollard raising reservations about the joint nature of the investigation is also being discussed.
Pollard also acted for the late former Melbourne coach Dean Bailey.
Andruska cannot recall exactly what action she took after the letter.Back to top
When the ASADA CEO is out of the country, an acting CEO is appointed by the Minister. The acting CEO has full CEO functions and powers.— Richard Ings (@ringsau) August 12, 2014
Burgess had told Andruska on July 20 that the AFL "was anxious" to get the report for its own needs.
Andruska reiterating that she only agreed to an interim report on June 18.
She only has limited recollections of that meeting however, and the role played by ASADA chief operating officer Trevor Burgess.
The hearing has resumed. Neil Young QC (Essendon) is still cross-examining former ASADA CEO Aurora Andruska.
Andruska consulting her notebook. Reads note from ASADA media advisor David Lording which said that Minister for Sport Kate Lundy "needed something." The meeting was in June.
Middleton offers Andruska a five minute break, which is accepted.
Court is adjourned.
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Asada have passed the original notebook with the page open to Young, he must be careful to only look at the current page— Chris Kaias (@ChrisKaias) August 12, 2014