A former senior bureaucrat who is suing for breach of contract felt abandoned by the South Australian Government after controversy erupted about her role, the Supreme Civil Court in Adelaide has been told.
Kate Lennon stood down as chief executive officer of the Justice Department in 2004 and is now suing the SA Government.
She admitted transferring $6 million of departmental money into the Crown Solicitor’s trust account, but maintains senior people endorsed the practice and then-attorney-general Michael Atkinson knew about it.
Her lawyer told the trial that, when the issue was made public, no government ministers defended Ms Lennon or said publicly that she had been acting on government endorsement.
Lennon is suing for the lost income she would have received from her five-year contract and compensation for damage to her reputation.
She will take the stand and the defence is expected to call ministers, including Kevin Foley.