Posted May 15, 2012 at 9:26 am re Hal Duell Dear …

Comment on Town council grapples with Falconio poster: Author hits out at Mayor Ryan by Eli Melky.

Posted May 15, 2012 at 9:26 am re Hal Duell
Dear Hal, you say I went to Ground on 2 occasions last night during the council meeting. I have put up one explanation regarding the wanted poster, see post (Dear Erwin, regarding your article posted: May 15, 2012 at 7:21 am Town council grapples with Falconio poster.)
As to your claim of my interrupting Cr Douglas as he talked about rubbish and Charles Creek, “with a warning not to say too much”. I can assure you that you cannot be further from the truth, I do support open discussion. However as Councillors are not afforded the protection against litigation for slander and defamation, I felt the need to speak up to avoid any further naming of third parties in the discussion.
I did not hide in confidential and was prepared to discuss these matters in open at all times.
Best wishes
Eli Melky

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Town council grapples with Falconio poster: Author hits out at Mayor Ryan
Dear Erwin, regarding your article posted: May 15, 2012 at 7:21 am Town council grapples with Falconio poster.
You referred to my careful address of the issue as (“This was an odd tack for Cr Melky who likes to be known as the champion of transparent government”).
You are right to suggest I support discussion in the open section, which by raising the matter in open only further cements my strong stand on supporting open discussion.
However I think this was a matter that did require a delicate approach as clearly I did not want to present any parties mentioned in open with an opportunity of possible litigation against me or anyone else who was to discuss the matter in open.
I asked the CEO to investigate if the promoters of the wanted poster could be in breach of any false and misleading advertising given they have promoted a cash reward and if so to refer it to the relative authority. Doing this without mentioning names, even though they are already in the public domain, was an attempt to reduce the potential of litigation for slander or defamation against me and others.
I do not support any type of propaganda marketing at the expense of our town and will act to discourage any further outbreak of this kind of marketing.
Eli Melky

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However I grow increasingly alarmed at this candidate’s proximity to Council funds. Brown in the update says council could find the extra money needed from council funds to finish the stadium.
Where exactly are you going to find the money Brown?
For every $175,000 approximately needed that equates to a 1% rate rise. Are you planning to raise the rates this year so you can fund your mates’ political promise? After all as you say it would be political suicide for any politician to stop this project.
Including your recent ABC radio interview, this is the second time you have publicly committed council to paying a shortfall of who knows how many hundreds of thousands of rate payers dollars. Are you planning on ram raiding council funds using the support of your CLP colleagues within council?
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