@ 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.


Recent Comments by Eli Melky

Wards for Alice council, including one for town camps?
Thank you Alex Nelson, I wasn’t aware of that, although my suggestion to highlight five Wards didn’t specifically identify Rural. You can be assured they were not overlooked.
Given the discussion is in its early stage, I have not had the opportunity to outline in detail the proposal.
I will take this opportunity however to outline one specific detail regarding the Rural areas.
The Ward most likely to represent Rural area in my plan would be Araluen.
Councillors have 12 months to submit a proposal and it would be great to have all your opinions.
My main reason for increasing it back up to 10 Councillors is to ensure we have representation from residents of the Town Camps.
Some have already argued that it is insulting to the existing Councillors to have even suggested this proposal, indicating that the current eight have adequately represent all of Alice Springs including Town Camps.
To that individual elected member who made that statement, my response is, can you name five issues regarding town camps that have been raised by a councillor / alderman over the past 10 years?
I don’t believe it is insulting to have a discussion, particularly when you are requested to by the Elcectoral Commisssion or NT Government.
Moreover there is a growing concern that when more than two elected members are not able to attend council meeting for a variety of legitimate reasons, it becomes challenging.
Such was the case in the 12th Council when we were unable to find a quorum.
Most recently we have been reduced to a regular six in the chamber for the above mentioned reasons. Time to be inclusive.


‘Cannibalising’ Vowles is childish, says CLP
The failure and bad decision making by an out of sort ALP should not be seen as CLP success. You still have to earn it.
This time Territorians are not just going to hand it to you by default just because you happen to be a challenger.
Time for change does not always mean go back and appoint a previously failed group.
Bad way to do business.
Territorians will be demanding a new political party made up of qualified, capable people with experienced corporate and community leadership experience.


Vowles, McConnell and Collins dumped from Caucus
Well all I can say is, CM, don’t let the door hit you on your way out.
Congratulations, you have well and Truly trumped the previous CLP Government on their inability to lead Territorians. Well done.


Gunner not the best Chief Minister we can have: McConnell
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.
The challenge remains who will stand up for Territorians?
If we must have a political party, surely we can come up with better than the previously sacked CLP.


Suddenly everyone is talking about 1Territory
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?
Surely not the previously sacked CLP.


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