Judge rightfully asks about what weight to put on press report.
O’Neill says we can’t divide what is said in court & what is said about the court.
- advisors are not the Prime Minister
- media reports can be wrong
- political threats not the same as lawbreaking.
Reasons why petitioners face tough challenge pre-Oct 19.
O’Neill: prorogative is subject to legal review. (Applies Miller & Cherry judgments) Is therefore possible for court action to act in area of prorogative powers.
O’Neill says this is opportunity for court to suspend decree to send the letter on behalf of the court until after 19 October.
Webster edges away from parliamentary privilege argument in full - except to challenge claim this is irrelevant.