Home' Tennant and District Times : 2015-0522 TDT Contents WITH 35 years of ser-
vice to the Barkly, I
contest Chief Minister
Adam Giles’ attempt
to rewrite history af-
ter parachuting into
the Territory as politi-
cal candidate in 2006,
backstabbing his way
to the top CLP job and
now frantic to silence
future for the Barkly
despite dark clouds
from McCarthy”, TDT
me attending the Tennant
Creek – Mt Isa Economic
Development Public Fo-
(a timetable noticeably
omitting working fami-
lies), where I asked two
questions: what about gas
pipeline negotiations with
the Central Land Council
and the risk analysis for
Mt Isa rail corridor joining
the North Australian Rail
south of Elliott by-passing
Giles – consistently care-
less with the truth regard-
ing Labor Party business
also needs correcting,
because I stood down as
Deputy Leader of the Ter-
ritory Opposition to sup-
port the new leadership
team of Michael Gunner
MLA, while accepting
added portfolio responsi-
bilities of holding the CLP
Government to account.
Giles again fails to report
that I fronted an Inde-
pendent Inquiry costing
taxpayers $500,000 into
Stella Maris community
land grant, appearing a
second time disclosing all
personal financial records,
bank accounts, credit
cards, travel requisitions,
phone records and Parlia-
ment security codes.
The Commissioner dis-
charged me determining I
did nothing unlawful, had
no personal interest and
committed no corruption.
Giles refused Territori-
ans independent judicial
inquiries into alleged
Foundation 51 political
donations, granting of
NT mega water licences
worth millions of dollars
and serious allegations of
criminal behaviour around
the Police Commissioner’s
I stand proud of my com-
mitment to the Barkly
for more than half of my
life including my time
as Member for Barkly
facilitating record Labor
2008-12, continuing to
fight in Opposition and
refusing to be silent pro-
viding clear alternative
Rest assured, my effec-
tive Opposition is cutting
through and is clearly
evident as Giles averts
constructive debate back-
sliding into psychotic per-
sonal insults and rambling
vitriolic attacks lacking
leadership, credibility and
maturity expected from
the privileged first Minis-
ter of the NT.
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MLA bites back at Chief Minister’s attack
I HAVE just experienced a very enjoyable and interesting
five weeks in Tennant Creek.
For three of three of those weeks I had the good fortune of working
as a Relief Electoral Officer for the local member, Gerry McCarthy.
This gave me an insight into the commitment that Gerry, along with
his wife Dawn, have to the Barkly Electorate.
In today’s world of politics where there seems to be a lack of trust,
dirty and underhand tactics, backbiting et cetera, it was a breath of
fresh air to see an honest and passionate politician at work.
It is obvious that Gerry McCarthy MP makes it his business to listen,
to understand and to act on what is happening in his electorate.
This has been enhanced by his significant long-time experience and
knowledge of the area and its issues. He has all the values we wish
all politicians would have – honesty, loyalty, caring and best of all,
respect and integrity. The Barkly Electorate is so lucky!
– Sally Hawkins, Darwin.
Praise for McCarthy’s dedication to electorate
PARTICIPANTS from five local Ab-
original organisations, Anyinginyi
Health, Julalikari, Papulu Apparr-Kari
(Language Centre), Ampilatwatja
Health and the Tennant Creek Youth
Leadership Group, attended a gov-
ernance and management workshop
held in Tennant Creek on Tuesday at
the Staunton Street Training Centre.
The Aboriginal Governance and Manage-
ment Program (AGMP) is an initiative of
the Aboriginal Peak Organisations Northern
Territory (APONT), an alliance comprising
the Central Land Council (CLC), Northern
Land Council (NLC), Aboriginal Medical
Services Alliance of the NT (AMSANT),
North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency
(NAAJA) and Central Australian Aboriginal
Legal Aid Service (CAALAS).
In April 2013 around 300 delegates from
various Aboriginal organisations throughout
the Territory converged at the show ground
pavilion for a summit, with the principal aim
of developing strategies to reclaim the concept
of self-determination and take responsibility
for their own governance.
The AGMP has conducted five similar work-
shops throughout the NT since the summit
concluded in 2013.
“This is the sixth region to host our work-
shops following similar sessions in Darwin,
East and West Arnhem, Katherine and Alice
Springs,” said Wes Miller, a Project Officer
on the AGMP.
“Delegates back at the summit talked about a
wide range of issues including youth involve-
ment, specific issues that relate to men and
women separately, but most of all there was
a sense of powerlessness within organisations
as a result of the Federal Intervention and the
creation of the Super Shires.
“They wanted to reclaim control of their
future and, as David Ross of the CLC has
put it, get back into the driver’s seat; and so
they resolved that one solution was stronger
In addition to the workshops, the AGMP
actively supports organisations through
advice and referrals and gives concentrated
governance support to four demonstration
sites over a 12-month period.
“As well, we facilitate a CEO and Board
Member Network via teleconference every
two months and conduct research on behalf
of organisations,” Mr Miller said.
“Expressions of interest were sought for the
demonstration sites and a number of organisa-
tions applied from which four were chosen
and they are Urapuntja at Utopia, Mabunji
based in Borroloola, Yuendumu Women’s
Centre at Yuendumu and the Demed Associa-
tion in Gunbalanya.”
More Information about the APONT Ab-
original Governance and Management Pro-
gram can be found on the internet at http://
aboriginalgovernance.org.au or by phoning
the Alice Springs office on 8959 1700 or
Darwin office on 8944 6626 or 8944 6639.
Aboriginal organisations take part in forum
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