Home' Tennant and District Times : 2014-0523 TDT Contents I DON’T think that Mr
on PowerWater priva-
tisation can pass un-
for Barkly told to stop
Where power supplies
have been privatised in-
terstate, the Toner report
from October 2012 notes
“Prices have risen dra-
matically. ‘Choice’ has
meant the removal of the
secure low-cost supply
enjoyed, and its replace-
ment with a bewildering
array of offers, all at costs
inflated by the huge ex-
pansion in marketing and
A report by Quiggin this
year notes that service
quality has declined, ef-
ficient investment has not
occurred and consumers
have to pay for inflated
shareholder returns in pri-
vatised power companies
(“profits before people”,
to quote Mr Newman out
The separation of Pow-
erWater by the NT Gov-
ernment is an essential
prerequisite to privatising
the organisation and can
have no other purpose.
It also will cost a lot of
money each year for the
separation and duplication
of back-office administra-
tion until the CLP gets
round to selling the asset.
I’ve heard a figure of
$10 million a year being
bandied about which will
be added to our bills.
Mr Newman writes about
an operating loss being
subsidised by the govern-
ment: not true, PowerWa-
ter has an operating profit.
It has a large debt and
interest to pay off because
the CLP government in the
old days extracted huge
amounts from PAWA in
dividends and forced the
corporation to borrow
money to reinvest in infra-
structure. I haven’t heard
the current government
own up to this.
Power and water supply
is always going to be a
natural monopoly in a
place as large as the NT
with such a small popula-
Would we really trust a
private company to pro-
vide us with these es-
sential services when its
focus would be exces-
sive shareholder returns,
a bloated management
structure and no concern
for the community which
it is supposed to serve?
– P hilip Merry, Tennant
4 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 23 MAY 2014
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IN his opinion piece “MLA fights for fair
share” (TDT, 16/5/14) our local member,
Gerry McCarthy, once again attempts to
peddle fear by criticising the CLP Gov-
ernment’s 2014/2015 Budget.
Given that Mr McCarthy and his Labor
Government left the Northern Territory with
a $5.5 billion projected debt with nothing to
show for it, I congratulate the CLP Govern-
ment for making the most of a poor situation.
In my view, you only have to look at the
Budget highlights for the Barkly to see that
the CLP Government has committed funds to
where it’s needed most.
Replacing gas engines at the power station,
widening various sections of the Carpentaria
Highway, delivering a new out-of-care home
for vulnerable children, building new health
centres at Elliott, Robinson River and Canteen
Creek, new overnight facilities for police at
Robinson River and education facilities at
Ali Curung and Borroloola all demonstrate a
strong commitment to regional development.
On top of all of this, the CLP Government
continues to drive the implementation of
policy to reduce the impact of alcohol abuse
by establishing an alcohol mandatory treat-
ment facility and delivering a renewed focus
on finding local solutions to improving tour-
ism across the Barkly, an area badly neglected
by the previous Labor Government.
If you wish to discuss in public about tourism
in the Barkly and the lack of interest from the
Labor Party compared to what is happening
with the current Country Liberals, I invite you
to “bring it on.”
If this isn’t enough for you Gerry, the CLP is
also releasing further residential and industrial
land to help drive economic growth in Ten-
Gerry, to even suggest you’ve been fighting
“for our fair share” is wrong.
The last time I read Hansard and listened
to Parliament, the very few questions you
asked were irrelevant, you were behaving
like a child, you show complete disrespect
for the process of Parliament , you were
wasting time defaming local businessmen
and you have been thrown out of Parliament
a number of times.
Unless you can start coming up with realistic
ideas to build a prosperous economy rather
than your constant negative attacks on gov-
ernment and on your very own constituents,
I suggest you resign so we can elect some-
one that understands business, the people
in the Barkly, someone who will represent
the Barkly electorate with professionalism
and treat their constituents with respect they
deserve, irrespective of what side of the fence
they sit on.
- Mick Adams, Country Liberals Barkly
I WOULD like to make a comment on both the timing of the
NT Budget and the constant character assassination of our
I don’t for one moment believe that it was coincidental that the NT
Budget was announced on exactly the same day as the Federal Budget.
I believe this was a politically motivated, cynical effort to confuse
the NT populace and hide many of the items the CLP wanted to push
Concerning the constant character assassination of Gerry McCarthy
by some of our locals, I would like to point out that this region did
very well under the ALP and all the trash talk in the world won’t
It would be really nice to see some constructive discussion occurring
where we could all develop plans to benefit the community as a whole.
We all live in this region and need to work together, not waste our
time and effort in mud-slinging.
I’d like to suggest that some study of economics could shed some
welcome light on what is happening in Australia. You can’t fix an
economy by starving everyone and taking away their ability to work
and produce taxes!
You also can’t fix it by slugging those working hard to become
educated with higher and higher fees. If nothing changes, Australia
will slide very rapidly into recession – but guess what?
The Coalition will all cry from the rooftops “It’s all Labor’s fault”,
when if they were honest, they would see very clearly that this is
exactly what they have set us up for.
I don’t look forward to the next few years, but at least here in the
Barkly, let us try and work together to improve our lives and our
region for everyone.
– Sylvia Kendall, Tennant Creek.
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