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advert by our local
Times, 5/8/16), most
interesting – he clear-
ly indicated and sug-
gest with the heading
“You Know Me”, De-
livering for the Barkly
under a Labor Gov-
ernment, followed by
11 photos suggesting
he had something to
do with these issues
How horribly dishonest.
Let’s go through them:
• The CLP built the basic
infrastructure back in the
80s and was in the process
of being released, but we
will pay him that one.
• The High School Gym
had nothing what so ever
to do with you, it was part
of the stimulus package
by the Rudd Government.
First dishonest portrayal.
• Sobering-up shelter,
direct federal funding
pushed and lobbied by the
Barkly Drug and Alcohol
Advisory Board, nothing
to do with you. Second
• Hospital upgrade was
100 per cent federally
funded, nothing to do with
you. Your third dishonest
• Barkly work Camp –
although a promise of the
CLP back in 2001, you
were the member when
it happened. I’ll give you
• Remote bus services,
sorry Gerry, that goes back
to the Martin government
and the then local mem-
ber Elliot McAdam, me-
dia release 2005, before
you were a member. Your
fourth dishonest portrayal.
• The Renal Unit had
nothing to do with Mr Mc-
Carthy, this is straight-up
dishonesty. The service
clubs back in 2000 lobbied
both parties and I actu-
ally organised a Corporate
Bowls Night as a fund-
raiser towards this project
way back 99/2000 due to
pressure of the locals and
service clubs. Both par-
ties promised this if they
won the election. It was
opened by Jane Aagaard,
Minister for Health, and
the then local member Mr
McAdam. Again, a terrible
dishonest portrayal, that
implies you had something
to do with it.
Your fifth dishonest pho-
to. You even had the cheek
to have your photo taken
in front of it.
• Major road funding
comes from the Federal
Government. In the Bark-
ly alone there is about
2,000km of major bitumen
road infrastructure costing
around a $1 million per
kilometre to maintain. So
his big funding secured
achievement over four
years was upgrade work
on 65 kilometres for over
2,000 kilometres of major
Gerry’s sixth dishonest
• McArthur River Bridge:
Another photo with you,
when again it had noth-
ing to do with you. Mr
McAdam promised and
fought for this and made
this happen. Your seventh
dishonest portrayal by
indicating you had some-
thing to do with it.
• Gilbert Swamp has
been an issue for many
many years, it was upgrad-
ed in your time so we will
give you that one. But was
this part of the $65 million
from number eight?
• Another photo, wow,
this project goes back to
the 90s and a promise
from the CLP back in
2001. I personally remem-
ber walking around the
old Police Station with
Mr Henderson and Mr
McAdam. The project
actually started back then,
if people go back to the
budget papers they can
see before you were even
elected the money was al-
located, years prior to you
even being elected! It just
happened to be built in
your time, and opened by a
CLP member in December
2012. Your eighth dishon-
In the middle of the pho-
tos you have “Delivering
for the Regions” and you
indicate delivering health
clinics. Hello? This is
actually happening now
under a conservative gov-
ernment and again with
federal funds. Also a lo-
cal contractor has been
awarded some of these
works already. Nothing to
do with you or Labor. Dis-
honesty plus, at least mis-
representation and another
dishonest portrayal. Then
again our local member
has history with being un-
accountable and dishonest,
just read the findings in the
Stella Maris Enquiry.
Mick Adams, 81
Schmidt St, Tennant
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Voter questions about a possible conflict of interest
THE definition of a conflict of inter-
est is: A situation that has the poten-
tial to undermine the impartiality of
a person because of the possibility
of a clash between the person’s self
interest and professional interest or
Barb Shaw is currently the President of
the Barkly Council and CEO of Anyinginyi
Health Aboriginal Corporation.
Is there a potential conflict of Interest if
Elliot McAdam wins the Seat of Barkly in
the upcoming election?
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- ADVERT ISEMENT -
VOTE 1 ELLIOT McADAM - PUTTING PEOPLE FIRST
To the residents of the Barkly
I was born at Elliott and my mother was an Alawa/Mara
I have spent much of my life committed to trying to make the
Barkly a better place, and to improve the quality of life for all.
I was previously the Local Member for the Barkly Electorate
During this period I believe I was a very strong and effective
member and provided strong leadership across all sectors.
I have remained an active member of the Barkly community
as a councillor of Charles Darwin University, board member of
Group Training NT and Battery Hill Mining Centre and initiated
the Port Adelaide Football Club Willpower program in schools
across the Barkly. I have been asked by many people to stand
as an independent for the Barkly electorate due to the high levels
of dissatisfaction with the ALP and CLP governments, whose
members have always put their interests ahead of yours and that
of the electorate.
There is no common decency and respect any more in
mainstream political parties.
We deserve stable and responsible government; personal
vested interests and inflated egos have no place in our future.
My loyalty, first and foremost, is – and always has been – to the
people of the Barkly. Your priorities come first.
Even in the current campaign both the ALP and CLP are simply
offering the Barkly more of the same old, same old – even to
the extent the ALP is threatening not to honour its election
commitments should you not vote for its candidate.
I find such assertions abhorrent and an insult to the people of
the Barkly and is contrary to all principles of good governance.
By putting people first, we can make governments accountable.
With you I stand for reversing the trend of neglect across the full
spectrum of service provision to the Barkly in particular housing,
health, education and youth services.
With you I stand for equity in social and economic development
and job creation. With you I stand for stability, fairness, decency
and restoration of dignity to the government of the NT.
I QUESTION the honesty and integrity of our Local Mem-
ber, Gerry McCarthy.
Last Thursday 11 August, a Candidates’ Forum was held at the Me-
morial Club in Tennant Creek, run and aired by ABC Radio.
On the issue of fracking, Independent Candidate Elliot McAdam
asked: “Did you give evidence to the Mines and Energy Committee
where effectively you basically said in relation to the Georgina Basin
and the Beetaloo Basin that you would like to see gas exported to the
Mr McCarthy’s immediate response was “Ah no Elliot, but I worked
very hard on the NT Future Energy Committee that interviewed wit-
nesses not only from Australia but also international companies. I
worked really hard to make sure I understood, I did the research, I
did the work, and then Labor formed the policy of a moratorium, so if
you want to verbal me, verbal me, but this is a very important decision
by Labor. It is not a popular decision by Labor, you just heard from
Tony Jack, he supports fracking and he’s with the CLP. So we want
to get it right, we have got our policy clearly so that it can be decided
by the people of the Northern Territory at the election.”
The following is a direct statement by Mr McCarthy while he was
on the Futures Committee on 11 October 2013:
Mr McCarthy: My dream is the Northern Territory starts to sell that
to the east coast. If McArthur River, Beetaloo or Georgina realise
the potential they are talking about then, logically, we would be an
energy supplier to the east coast. That is the big picture I tell my
With the above, presentation and change of evidence to the NT
Legislative Assembly Inquiry into the Stella Maris debacle, the now
expected presentation to the Royal Commission of Child Protection
and Youth Detention (Don Dale) during your previous ministerial
role 2008-2012 for the Department of Corrections, your lack of
engagement with certain members of the community on major is-
sues throughout your terms, and short-term throw-money-problems
presentations, how can this not be questioned?
Please don’t trivialise this as not liking you, I have no issue with
you as a person.
This is about my vote for a person I am meant to believe in who
represents and is focused on the fair interests of all constituents.
Respect for the land - we only have one planet. What legacy are we
leaving our children, all in the name of a fast buck with no benefits?
Care for children - you were the minister for the most disengaged
and troubled kids of our society.
You were responsible for checking on basic operations reflective of
an elected government. Any child can lose their way and this is the
crux of what frightens and angers me.
A one-time major mistake and a chance for rehabilitation destroyed
by systems, policy and procedures.
A shared and prosperous local economy to give a chance for families
- you constantly talk about the success of your family and I applaud
that and wish them the continued best. But what about us and the other
Barkly families and our kids? Where is their chance for apprentice-
ships, family success and growth.
Your short-term blinkers do not produce sustainability.
Important values to me as a voter.
– Clarissa Burgen, 38 Eldorado Crescent, Tennant Creek.
Honesty and integrity in question about fracking
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