I couldn't possibly sign the agreement because it included a confidentiality clause and excluded Ms Mason's deception.
Mr Weekes was becoming more agitated, still refusing my request for a referral to the tribunal; raising his arms and voice saying "I don't care, I really don't care" emphasizing that he really didn't care and all he wanted was for the conference to be over by 2pm.
He told me I had to ether sign the agreement or withdraw my complaint.
I said I could not do either, that I had no wish to withdraw my complaint which, I believed, should be referred to the tribunal.
Mr Weekes was visibly angry with me and left the room again.
I explained to Mr Laikind I was very unhappy with the way the conference suddenly concluded and felt Ms Mason, Mr Donovan and Mr Evans, by their silence, and Mr Weekes, by his handling of the conference, had deliberately covered up the suppression of Ms Mason's deception in her letter dated 25 May 1998.
If my footwear had not become an issue I would have resumed working following recovery from the foot surgery. It did not seem right that CN Clench had not responded to explain her sudden objection to footwear previously accepted.
I told him I did not want to withdraw my complaint, which had not been properly investigated, and would not sign a confidentiality clause because there had been a cover-up.
It seemed very wrong that Ms Mason had not explained why she did not follow correct procedure to actually make the inquiries falsely claimed by her, in her letter of 25 May.
Mr Laikind told me my complaint would not be referred for a Tribunal determination but, if I withdrew my complaint and didn't sign a confidentiality agreement, I would be free to take these concerns to the Queensland Ombudsman.
Mr Weekes returned saying the Tribunal was not an option for me; it was almost 2pm and he wanted to close the conference, again saying my options were to sign the agreement with Queensland Health or withdraw my complaint, in writing.
It went against every nerve in my body when, under the most extreme duress I withdrew my complaint; the substance of which was contained in the documents retrieved from Ms Mason, following the FOI searches for pertinent correspondence missing from my personnel file.