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IN his opinion piece
(“Blain scores, bush
waits”, TDT 24/4/14),
MlA Gerry McCarthy
again, another “mas-
sive memory fail”.
In criticising CLP com-
mitments, Mr McCarthy
failed to recall the $70
million he and the Labor
Party wasted on the now
defunct Asset Manage-
ment System (AMS).
For those who aren’t
aware, Gerry was the La-
bor man responsible for
the introduction of the
Labor Government’s AMS
and the ongoing costs
for repairs and upgrades
which amounted to well
over $70m when the CLP
decided that enough was
enough and scrapped it.
The $70m was just the
capital cost of the system
with many more millions
of dollars wasted in valu-
able public servant time
trying to navigate the cum-
Just ask any public ser-
vant about their frustration
and the many man hours
wasted trying to make
sense of the Labor Gov-
ernment’s legacy. While
on the subject of “massive
memory fail”, you may
recall that the Premier of
NSW recently resigned af-
ter failing to recall during
questioning at an Inquiry
that he received a $3,000
bottle of wine.
Yet on the other hand,
our local member, Mr Mc-
Carthy was recently called
to the Stella Maris Inquiry
and during questioning
maintained that he was at
a Cabinet Meeting in July
2012 when a ‘deal’ was
done to give a peppercorn
lease to Unions NT.
We all now know that
Gerry wasn’t at the Cabi-
net Meeting, he was actu-
ally in Elliott, probably
The evidence is clear
Gerry, you and the Labor
Party wasted over $70m
in taxpayers money, I
believe you misled the
Stella Maris Inquiry and,
if that’s not bad enough,
you’ve recently taken to
privilege by defaming
Gerry, enough is enough,
it’s time for you to accept
responsibility for your
inappropriate actions, pro-
vide a public apology and
Jason Newman, con-
Businessman calls on
McCarthy to resign
MY letter responds to allegations
made by Jason Newman in the above
In relation to the NT Government’s Asset
Management System (AMS) design and
construction commenced by the Department
of Planning and Infrastructure in 2006.
I entered Parliament in August 2008 and
became Minister for Construction and Infra-
structure in December 2009.
The Northern Territory Auditor-General
found that a cost of $26 million had been
incurred on the AMS project up to October
The CLP Government claim the total cost of
the project is $70 million. This means that $44
million spent on this project occurred under
the CLP Government’s watch!
The CLP Government must take responsi-
bility for the budget allocation that occurred
under its management.
In relation to the Stella Maris Inquiry and the
Cabinet Attendance Record listing me absent
when Cabinet signed off on the submission,
I challenged the attendance record and upon
the Commissioner’s request provided access
to my personal bank accounts, credit cards,
telephone and mobile phone records, fuel
card records and parliamentary access card
in evidence before the inquiry.
The investigation proved I was in Elliott
on that date and the Commissioner thanked
me for providing additional evidence for the
In relation to parliamentary privilege and
Question Time, Opposition holds Government
to account with questions and debate originat-
ing from constituents, community organisa-
tions, stakeholders and whistle-blowers.
In relation to resigning, I will continue as
the Member for Barkly and Deputy Leader
of the Opposition holding the CLP to account
reflecting true democracy for open and ac-
– Gerry McCarthy, Member for Barkly.
THERE is a new sheriff down at the
Shire office and a posse of new depu-
ties and they have all rode in from out
(Some ride back out of town every week-
The guns are being aimed at the local yokels
of Tennant Creek and the new cowboys are
Character assassination has replaced bullets
in the new age showdown.
Whispers of mismanagement, theft, misap-
propriation and incompetence are the new
Folks have been suspended, stood down,
had their desks cleared, keys confiscated and
reputations slurred in the campaign to bring
law and order to the backwoods bumpkins of
Decency seems to be taking second place
in the new order of dealing with fellow hu-
Surely Tennant Creek is not so completely
devoid of people with the intellectual and
moral capacity to hold positions of responsi-
bility within our Shire.
Do we really need to outsource all manage-
ment jobs in the Shire?
Has anyone asked; where did the new law-
men get their badges?
What runs do they have on the board that
qualify them to ride into Tennant Creek and
in no time at all and take on the role of judge,
jury and executioner?
If this new regime turns pear shaped and the
new lawmen ride off into the sunset, who will
be left holding the baby?
The ratepayers, business people and resi-
dents of Tennant Creek need to speak up and
then to be answered not treated like a bunch
of hillbilly bogans.
History shows us that this has all happened
before and when the smoke clears Tennant
Creek is left with a big clean-up bill.
– G.D. Egan, Tennant Creek.
I will continue and hold CLP to account: McCarthy
Shire aims guns at local yokels, says reader
EDIToRS NoTE: Tennant & District Times offered Gerry McCarthy MLA the right of reply to Mr Newman’s letter. His response is printed below.
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