Jane@5. I have been a good mate of Matt Conlan …

Comment on Greatorex forum: where was the fourth candidate? And where were the voters? by Ray.

Jane@5. I have been a good mate of Matt Conlan since he arrived in Alice Springs, and I worked closely with him at 8HA / Sun FM. I remember him creating Territory Today. This radio show gave local people a chance to discuss the issues of this town. There are very few regional centres anywhere in Australia, the size of Alice Springs, that have access to a forum such as Territory Today. While it continues today in the very capable hands of Adrian Renzi, it was Matt’s brainchild.
It was through hosting this program that Matt got to appreciate the issues that mattered to this town, and he got to hear the concerns of the residents on the many and varied issues that mattered to this town. Matt was passionate about the issues, so much so that when an opportunity came up to step into the political arena and fight for the issues he was hearing about every day, he took it.
Jane, and others who accuse Matt of just cruising, enlighten yourself of the man’s achievements before you post public comment, this may save you embarrassing yourself. Look up the daily Hansard of the NT Legislative Assembly, and do a search by “member”. You can then read everything Matt (or any other MLA) has said in Parliament. So please consider the many different issues that MLA’s have to have knowledge of, and gain an understanding of how Matt is able to stand up and present a logical argument to some of the topics discussed in parliament. He is a local bloke, having a go. Jane, it is very easy to stand back and throw mud at somebody, and generalisations such as lazy and cruising are easy to say. Researching this will also answer your question regarding the vision he has put forward for Greatorex.
As for not attending Mr Walcott’s meeting, he stated in print and on radio from the beginning that he would not be attending, so don’t ask where was he? when you really know the answer.
I am not in Matt’s electorate, but I think it only fair to stick up for him when I see cheap shots being taken, as I have been friends with Matt since the first day he arrived in town.
Good luck to all contenders, and there will be plenty of chances to sling mud if you get in, but why not keep the shots above the waistline, at least until you are elected.

Ray Also Commented

Greatorex forum: where was the fourth candidate? And where were the voters?
Racist diatribe Ian? Oh well we are all entitled to our opinion, in mine it was not a racist diatribe, nor have I found him racist. Many of the issues discussed then and now are controversial, and passions run high on both sides. My opinion was simply that I have followed Matt’s career closely, as I have an interest in reading Hansard to get all the info, and have seen how hard many of our pollies work. Their decisions may not always be popular, but they have the interest of the Territory at heart. What is best, however, is the bone of contention.
Ian, I choose to post under my first name as is my right. It is not hiding, or cowardice, but due to where I work, and its relationship to many of the articles I share my opinion on, I do not wish to formally identify myself. I believe there could be a perceived conflict of interest and I do not wish to cross that line.
Either way Ian, please don’t try and impose what you believe I should do, against what I am entitled to do. But thanks for your opinion.
[ED – Hi Ray, if there is a conflict of interest then I want to know, and the readers have right to know. I look forward to your explanation. Kind regards, Erwin.]


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I won’t repeat my words but it is important to maintain my sentiment, and that is I do not condemn the language used by Mr Thompson, apart from LBC (which I could interpret as Lovely Bloody Children (sarcastic), or Loose bloody cannons).
I would use the same other description, but at your request will not repeat it in my comment here.
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