Q. Ma'am can you hear me?
A. Yeah I can.
Q. Can you see me as well?
A. Yes I can.
Q. If you can just remain there, we will bring the jury back in and then we'll get on with your evidence?
A. All right.
Crown Prosecutor: Thank you. Are we able to just mute the witness your Honour while that happens or would you prefer the whole link to be cut?
His Honour: No, we can leave the link on. Yes I think there's a new expression, FODO, it's a fear of dropping out.
Crown Prosecutor: It's a new one for me.
His Honour: It's a syndrome that judges have since COVID. Yes, if we can have the jury.
Crown Prosecutor: So there's FODO and FOMO.
His Honour: Yes but I think there's a whole series. Actually I just coined that now but other judges have described similar symptoms.- His Honour Judge Peter Zahra SC, District Court of New South Wales
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The following transcript is taken from proceedings before a Full Bench of the Industrial Relations Commission of NSW on 7 October 2020, headed by Chief Commissioner Constant. Part way through an expert witness conclave as to economic matters involving 5 experts, including Mr San Midha of NSW Treasury and Dr Richard Denniss, Chief Economist at the Australia Institute, an unexpected person joined the AVL hearing.
Witness Midha: So Mr Walters has covered, broadly speaking, most of the questions. As he said, I'll pick up …--
Constant CC: I'm sorry, Mr Midha.
Taylor: Just give us a minute, Mr Midha. We're just dealing with some--
Constant CC: It's Ms Janet Denniss.
Dr Denniss: It's my mum. Apologies if I wasn't supposed to forward the link.
Constant CC: It's an open Court. She's entitled--
Mrs Denniss: I'll close it.
Constant CC: No, Mrs Denniss. You're entitled to watch this. We'd just prefer if you'd put the video on mute. There's a little icon that you can click so we can't see you but you can see us.
Mrs Denniss: I'll just get out. I'm not good at this. Goodbye.
Constant CC: Mrs Denniss … [Mrs Denniss leaves AVL hearing]. At the lunch break, Dr Denniss, you can call her and tell her when she goes into the system, she can click on the cross.
Dr Denniss: Yep. She'll be right.
Speaker: I wish my mum wanted to watch what I did at work.
Dr Denniss: I can lend you mine.
Constant CC: I just don't give my mum the link. I'm sorry, Mr Midha, please--
Witness Midha: That's all right.
Constant CC: Have you lost your train of thought.
Witness Midha: A little bit but it's okay. I think I pretty much can't top that. So I'm just going to the - ….