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letter to the editor
Chief Minister accuses MLA
of betraying the public’s trust
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VOTERS in the Barkly
should have grave
concerns over the
damning findings of
the independent in-
quiry into the former
Stella Maris lease
Your local member Gerry
McCarthy is one of two
politicians right at the cen-
tre of this deal, cooked up
between Labor and their
Union mates on the eve of
the 2012 election.
Far from clearing the
former Government as Mr
McCarthy has claimed, the
inquiry found that his con-
duct in offering the lease
to Unions NT was “not
or in the public interest.”
In his report, Commis-
sioner John Lawler made
it clear that Gerry McCar-
thy had a “responsibility
to ensure that the decision
he made was informed and
followed due and proper
He concludes that Mr
McCarthy’s decision was
because “he did not have
the necessary informa-
tion to justify selectively
choosing Unions NT over
any other group.”
The Stella Maris Inquiry
has revealed Gerry Mc-
Carthy’s true colours.
Rather than fighting
for your interests up in
Darwin, he’s been busy
fighting for the interests
of his Union mates by
offering them a virtually
rent-free lease that the In-
quiry estimated was worth
$600,000 to the Northern
The report concludes that
by making this deal, Labor
and its former minister
Delia Lawrie acted with
“bias” towards the Union
movement, denying com-
munity organisations the
opportunity to use the land
and denying taxpayers
value for money on their
The Inquiry found that
Gerry McCarthy did not
act with “accountabil-
ity, responsibility or with
There was no going into
bat for Territorians, just
Valued community or-
ganisations like the Na-
tional Trust, Mission
Australia, 24HR Art and
Music NT were ignored
in favour of his beloved
The Giles Government
is determined to rectify
the situation by calling
for fresh expressions of
interest for the site.
But before we can pro-
ceed, Unions NT must
relinquish their question-
able lease, something they
have stubbornly refused to
do despite the weight of
It’s a mark of the char-
acter of those Gerry Mc-
Carthy has jumped into
As a result of this in-
vestigation, people in the
Barkly have a right to
ask whether their local
Member is up to the job
and can be trusted to rep-
resent their interests in the
Not once has he apolo-
gised or taken responsibil-
ity for his actions.
To me, that is a measure
of the man.
It all amounts to an out-
rageous betrayal of pub-
lic trust and you deserve
better from your local
– Adam Giles, NT Chief
Supporting Tennant Creek and the Barkly Region for over 60 years
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FOR ALL YOUR
TOM WYATT ON
THE farmer sees an egg as breakfast or profit.
The chook sees the egg as a pain in the backside.
Same product but two entirely different views.
I view the clowns down at Bullshit Castle through the eyes of the
That’s right, they are a pain in the backside for leaving those bloody
white round things, which they have publicly stated are illegal, in the
middle of our roads. It’s a real no-brainer.
The price of Bullshit Castle’s incompetent waste of ratepayers money
will eventually be made public and come the next election, it’s a fair
bet to say that some heads will roll.
I have asked several people with knowledge of road infrastructure
about the bloody round things and have been told that this fiasco will
cost this town about $250,000.
You don’t have to be Einstein to see a rate rise in the wind to cover
up the total incompetence and lack of caring for the ratepayers of
On a brighter note, it’s about that time of the year when the circus
comes to town.
With a bit of luck there will be some vacancies in the clown tent.
Maybe - and it’s a big maybe - some of those clowns from Bullshit
Castle will grease their swag straps and piss off.
They certainly are well qualified.
– Bob Baker, Tennant Creek.
Roundabouts a waste of taxpayers money
GOOD on you Phil Crouch (“No name,
no worries” Letters to the Editor, TDT
It’s about time we took a look at the hospi-
tality trade through the eyes of the workers.
For years and years licensees, bar staff and
security staff have been forced to wear the
blame for the town’s social disorder and
rampant alcohol problems while police,
ambulance and hospital workers have had to
pick up the pieces.
Despite years of debate, public concern and
considered opinions from visiting intellects,
no one has ever pointed the finger at the drink-
ers and the drunks.
Hello! They’re the ones causing the prob-
lems that we all have to deal with.
They’re the ones drinking themselves into
states where they fight and carry on, bash
their families, neglect their children and end
up with chronic diseases that we all have to
But we don’t want to upset them by sug-
gesting they take some responsibility for
themselves, do we?
It’s much easier to target the poor old work-
ers in pubs and clubs who don’t get paid near-
ly enough for what they have to put up with.
To the writer of the letter the week before
(“No shoes, no entry. Legless? No worries”
Letters to the Editor, TDT 27/6/2014) - get
If you had a clear idea of what bar and se-
curity staff risk by letting drunks through the
door you would realise they have too much
at stake to be as uncaring and flippant as you
Did you know bar workers, along with
licensees, can receive hefty fines for serving
So why would they ‘purposely’ set out to get
themselves a conviction and a fine?
There will always be slip-ups, as everyone
makes mistakes, but how about putting the
responsibility for the situation where it truly
Or is that too close to a real solution?
– Name withheld.
Looking at hospitality through eyes of the worker
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