@ Steve Brown: I recall a complaint to the …

Comment on Code of conduct allegations ‘vexatious, frivolous’ – councillor by Eli Melky.

@ Steve Brown: I recall a complaint to the CEO in response to comments made by you as an elected member at the time and directed at members of the public, who rightly considered your comments offensive.
I don’t recall you facing a disciplinary committee and having to go through months of anguish and spending days on end preparing multiple responses as part of being thrusted into a system that favours the applicant.
I certainly don’t recall you having to spend money on legal advice regarding the complaint.
You certainly weren’t made to feel bullied and intimidated.
That may be because as I recall, a simple letter sent to council and rightly tabled for discussion by the CEO, with a complaint around your comments towards members of the public.
A brief discussion was had in council following which promptly ended any opportunity for a code of conduct matter to proceed.
I recall it took a few minutes.
Members of the public should be encouraged to submit complaints against their elected members particularly when their actions are deeply offensive.
In Cr Cocking case it has been resolved that the complaint was frivolous, vexatious and baseless. It was decided by an independent disciplinary committee appointed by the Minister, not Cr Cocking’s mates.
There is a place for Code of Conduct but no place for baseless accusations.
As for Cr Cocking’s performance the past 12 months while under extreme pressure, I would rate it as excellent.
He has brought into chamber and moved successfully many motions on many issues that will benefit the town for a very long time to come.
Most of the decisions were supported by majority of council.
None of his projects and ideas are collecting dust on the thought bubble shelf.
With reference to your comments around other elected members, well until you name those individuals I will reserve my response.
By the way, Steve, do you recall what you called members of the public? Because I do.

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Code of conduct allegations ‘vexatious, frivolous’ – councillor
@ Steve Brown: On the code of conduct matters and to your strange comments “open disclosure may not support your publicly declared statements”.
I appreciate your attempt to justify your earlier story about you being served a code of conduct [complaint].
However, the public are aware that on this occasion it was multiple code of conduct complaints that were made against multiple elected members, served all within days of each other.
These matters have been reported on widely across many media outlets and very accurately here on Alice Springs News Online.
Cr Cocking and I have been exonerated from all charges. Those charges were dismissed after each councillor was required to go through an exhaustive legal process which involved providing a comprehensive defence, proving that the applicant made baseless, vexatious and frivolous complaints. If it is a full explanation you demand, then which part of “exonerated” don’t you understand?


Code of conduct allegations ‘vexatious, frivolous’ – councillor
@ Steve Brown: Your judgment of the democratic processes used to elect people is distorted and does not distinguish between the many voting systems in play.
As you are fully aware, long before any election candidates representing political parties usually go through a preselection process requiring the vote of a handful of people.
This is largely a closed door event and completely at the mercy of the factions and deal making that goes on behind closed doors.
This preselection process ultimately produces a candidate who will do what the party tells them to. It is at this preselection process that you should be angry about and not the people for electing a party badged candidate, especially as they had no involvement in preselecting.
At least a candidate who steps up to run in a council election is largely accepted to be independent of party politics.
It will then be up to them to work hard and achieve a reasonable primary vote to even be in the running for any kind of preferences.
The council voting system you crave for was nothing more than a covert system run by political parties to make sure they have the numbers in chamber.


Code of conduct allegations ‘vexatious, frivolous’ – councillor
@ Steve Brown: All code of conduct action taken against myself and Cr Cocking, as he stated publicly, has been dismissed under section 81 of the Local Government Act.
This means the allegations were vexatious, frivolous and baseless.
The decision to keep them in confidential during the deliberation period was that of the disciplinary committee, the respondent has no say in that matter.
We will continue to represent Alice Springs in our roles as councillors and do the best for our community.
I acknowledge your time on council and also that of all the previous councillors who gave of their time to serve their community.
While it may be tough to accept, but a new group of elected members are in place and it’s their turn now.
Could it be that you are struggling for political relevance and living in the past just a bit too much?
That’s how it looks from my point of view.


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Time for change does not always mean go back and appoint a previously failed group.
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The ALP have successfully surpassed previous CLP government successes.
That is to say they are now well on track to be a one term administration.
Whoever thought it was a good idea to attack three members of your caucus should have their advisors badge suspended.
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The ALP have successfully surpassed Previous CLP Gov successes.
That is to say they are now well on track to be sacked in 2020. The challenge remains whom will Territorians appoint to lead them out the s#@t?
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Independents now ineffective?
The times are a changing. History will show that the current political landscape of Alice Springs and the Territory is changing for ever before our eyes. The days of being restricted to a choice between a @ Steve Brown: CLP or ALP representation are fast coming to an end.
The people are far more politically astute and have had enough of this old and broken system that you offer.
It may suit those who have been long entrenched in that type of system and know nothing else.
From time to time some including you, bravely venture outside it, only to find themselves quickly back in the fold.
I have lost touch of how many times you have re-joined the CLP. However I am pleased to say I am not one of those who bow to a broken system.
I will be working to build a great future for Alice Springs and the Territory, joining forces with likeminded members of our community, and there are many of us.
Hanging on to an old and broken political party that has been reduced to two MLAs is your choice, at least have the decency to accept that the community has made its choice, clearly it was Robyn Lambley. Time to move on.


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