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All is not as it seems at
the Barkly Shire, says Egan
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THE hillbilly bump-
kins of Tennant Creek
are slowly being put
in their place by the
new regime at the
The meeting to silence
the critics of the round-
about fiasco was a pub-
lic service masterpiece-
bogged down in bureau-
cratic protocols and pro-
cedures that are cleverly
constructed to drown out
any disagreeable peasants.
The upper echelon of
these little conclaves such
as the Barkly Shire are
fully aware that most peo-
ple cannot be bothered
sitting through these mind
numbingly boring public
meetings that drone on
Only a highly trained
bureaucrat can sit through
the endless waffle that is
carefully designed to pre-
vent any tangible result.
Here we are months after
the new regime began the
purge to rid the Shire of
local management staff
and where are we?
How many legal issues
are currently in progress
between the Barkly Shire
and its employees? Has
anybody been the victim
of work place bullying?
At least one person has
been coerced into resign-
ing and others are awaiting
the culmination of a mali-
cious campaign to destroy
Fair work Australia and
several legal firms are
becoming well acquaint-
ed with our local Shire’s
treatment of employees
and there will be ongoing
The question is; who
is going to clean up this
mess? And who will be left
holding the baby when the
people who created this
unmitigated balls-up shoot
Now fair is fair; if the
new regime has the right
to come into town and
publicly cast aspersions
on the reputations of local
people they too should
be available for public
Let’s have a frank and
open look at the qualifica-
tions of the new regime.
Lay the work records and
history of the new regime
on the table.
Who are these people?
The word is that all is not
as it seems.
The cold hard fact is that
an executive position at
the Shire does not come
with some form of im-
munity or privilege that
denies the community
the right to ask and be
There has been a deaf-
ening silence from our
Aldermen/women - It may
but our councillors are
actually elected to oversee
the operation of the Shire.
G.D. Egan, Tennant
Now two questions awaiting answers
Staff at local hospital deserve praise
I HAVE read Jason Newman’s reply to Philip Merry’s ques-
tion to you, “Where did power prices plummet?” (Letters
to Editor, TDT 13/6/2014)
Where is the answer Mr Newman?
I think that your recent letter only contains misleading information.
We do have the intelligence to do our own research and mine has
uncovered some interesting points.
Check out http://www.productreview.com.au/p/qenergy.
and see for yourself exactly who benefits from Q Energy.
It’s certainly not the domestic everyday consumer!
Rather, this company doesn’t even offer a plan for anyone who
doesn’t have a level of business commensurate with that of pretty
large business – obviously NT Government fits this criterion, but as
you said yourself, your business is too small to qualify.
Where does that leave the majority of NT consumers - domestic or
There are now TWO questions waiting for straight answers.
Rather than commenting about Mr Merry’s, and other peoples
political leanings, how about explaining to us so-called ‘left-lifting-
suckers’ the Neo-liberal doctrine, recently polished to a new and
lustrous shine by our present Chief Minister, Adam Giles.
Privatise everything, and, according to the CLP, we shall never want
for anything - except maybe a forelock to tug and deeeeep pockets!
– Len Holbrook, Left-heavy-lifting-sucker-with-short-pockets.
I CAME to Tennant Creek a couple of
months ago to try to set up a Town
Bus Service for Tennant Creek, on
behalf of Tennant Creek Transport
Inc., a group of local residents who
are very aware of the difficulties that
some of the town’s people face in get-
It’s not quite ready to go yet, but we have the
bus, we have the drivers, and we are close to
getting the operating licence from the Depart-
ment of Transport. It shouldn’t be long now.
Late in the week before last, just as I was set-
ting up my computer to start my day’s work,
I felt a sudden pain in my right side.
I thought it would go away soon, but it
didn’t. It got far worse, I started to sweat
and felt faint.
I went back to the Outback Caravan Park,
where I’m staying, to have a lie down. Instead
of getting better, it became unbearable and I
thought I might pass out.
It crossed my mind that this could be the
symptoms of a heart attack.
One of the workers at the caravan park was
kind enough to drop what she was doing and
drive me straight to the hospital.
I’m writing because I want to thank the
staff of the Tennant Creek Hospital for the
considered, thoughtful and immediate care
Each staff member introduced themselves,
told me if they were a nurse, a doctor or what-
ever, and told me what they were thinking.
It was not a heart attack, it was a kidney
stone. I had no idea a kidney stone would
be that painful.
They got straight onto the pain first, and got
a morphine drip into me in no time.
They gave me five different medications, ex-
plaining the function of each, why they were
giving them to me and how they would help
me. When I had questions, they answered
I suppose, in all, about nine or ten staff
members were involved with me on their
All of them treated me with understanding
of my pain, with intelligence, compassion and
care. They treated me as a human being, not
just as a ‘patient’ they had to deal with.
This is in marked contrast to two other hos-
pital admissions I have had in the past, in an
Australian state capital.
There, my whole stay had been in a state
of confusion, I was told nothing, never saw
the same person twice and things occurred
which would have been funny if they hadn’t
So, thank you Tennant Creek Hospital
staff. You helped me with care and attention
when I was in awful pain, and got me back
on my feet.
It’s good to know that the town has got you.
– Charlie Richardson.
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