I had no intention of wasting precious energy on old …

Comment on Code of conduct allegations ‘vexatious, frivolous’ – councillor by Steve Brown.

I had no intention of wasting precious energy on old ground but since you went there Eli, I will too.
However what I am not going to waste my time trying to explain to you or your mate who posted earlier why the electoral system is undemocratic.
You sat through the same lectures I did on the subject if you’d listened you would already understand.
To the code of conduct stuff, Jimmy made a complaint via a letter to council asking that I be charged for a breech of the code.
I was summoned by the CEO just like yourself Eli, in that meeting.
I informed the CEO that I did not recognise the Code of Conduct, that I would not apologise to Jimmy for calling him and Enviro Nazi in an comment to the Alice Springs News Online because the term was in general usage at the time. It still is, and I thought it applicable to Jimmy’s politics. I still do, and further that I thought the Code was undemocratic and a threat to free speech.
I assured the CEO that I would challenge it all the way to the top and that I was perfectly willing to face the local government authority to do so, and that in fact I was looking forward to the opportunity having received support for challenging the Code of conduct all the way to the top of the NT Government at the time, because they also saw it as an attempt to hinder my right to free speech.
The CEO informed me that he would take it to open council.
I did not object as I was more than happy to face the music, in the full glare of the public’s gaze. It was put to council. I restated my case and that I would not apologise to council [which] including yourself, Eli, chose not to further the complaint.
More’s the pity.
I would have enjoyed the fight because that what it would have been, because Eli, I was unafraid of defending my actions in public and I was most certainly prepared to resign from council as a matter of principle over the issue.
The question remains, how come you and Jimmy haven’t done the same?
Could it be that the charges laid against you might give the public a little more understanding of just who the bully in the pack is?
That’s how it looks from my point of view.
Come on Eli, fess up, let’s deal with this story in the open!

Steve Brown Also Commented

Code of conduct allegations ‘vexatious, frivolous’ – councillor
@ Eli: Was that meant to be a clever political barb? LOL, you missed the mark by just a bit. I chose not to run for council, no regrets, and I have no ego driven feelings of political relevance one way or another.
What motivates me is anger! Anger at the sheer bloody mayhem, dysfunction and loss of opportunity that has become the norm in the Territory, brought about by the quality of people we have been electing to fulfil the very responsible roles of guiding the Territory’s future.
Instead of electing calm, mature candidates with a level of local knowledge and practical commonsense knowhow, we, and at council level, a corrupted system, have tended to elect personalities, based on their media profiles [and] very little local knowledge and often motivated not so much by the needs of Territorians as by career interests and in some cases utterly shameless self promotion.
Recently you and Jimmy [Cocking] have been tearfully suggesting foul play, that you are victims, being shut down and silenced. Yet you won’t speak publicly to back up those statements. Why Not?
You have been charged while acting in a role that is owned by the public.
They are entitled to an explanation!
There is no legal reason why you cannot do so! If you believe the public’s interests are being impinged it is “in the public interest” to have a full explanation.
So, from where I sit, Eli, it appears you won’t go there because open disclosure may not support your publicly declared statements about bullying, victimhood and a denial of free speech.


Code of conduct allegations ‘vexatious, frivolous’ – councillor
@ Ian: Sometime back the NT Government decided to try and prevent Regional Councils being dominated by particular families in order to achieve that result.
They introduced an electoral system that no longer elects on the basis of a majority vote instead it flicks up random winners from minorities.
This is now claimed to be a more representative outcome, in fact it is completely undemocratic because the very basis of democracy is that the majority rules.
No if and buts about it! Might not be the best system but its taken thousands of years and millions of lives to achieve it.
So how can a council election be unconstitutional given that councils aren’t recognised under the constitution?
It’s quite simple: Governments cannot legislate a lower or lesser standard than that by which they themselves are bound.
The Feds for insistence cannot legislate a place in this nation where the protections of the constitution do not apply.
Following this to a conclusion it is also true of the NT Government which cannot legally subject its citizens to a lower standard that that by which it itself is bound.
This of course is power delegated by the Feds therefore subject to the Australian Constitution. Hope that made sense.
@ Eli: Honestly, you would be much more suited the school playground than council.
I reckon you actually would have stuck your tongue out when you wrote that last line.
And no, I’m not going to bore everybody going over old ground. It was all written up in this publication at the time. Google it.


Code of conduct allegations ‘vexatious, frivolous’ – councillor
Quote from Jimmy: “I will continue to work with my Council colleagues for a better Alice and continue to stand up for victims of bullying and intimidation”.
Funnily enough, in my first year on Council I was also subjected to a Code of Conduct complaint, and in a rather pointedly ironical twist that complaint was made by one Jimmy Cocking.
Not so funny when the boot is on the other foot, hey Jimmy?
So typical of the Greens in politics all the outrage in the world when they are subjected to treatment they don’t like, but no qualms at all about doing precisely the same thing themselves. So bloody hypocritical!
Seriously though all the talk of bullying and intimidation should be seen for what it is, just a different form of bullying and intimidation!
Trying to badger the other side into submission through litigation! No wonder our town is struggling, its because an idiotic undemocratic, I believe unconstitutional, electoral system, left us with a number of councillors who were never prepared for, or committed to, their very important community role.
I can only suggest that those who aren’t prepared to give the role the level of effort it deserves should do the right thing by our community and resign!
Further: Councillors introduced the Code of Conduct and if you are so concerned by it, you believe its undemocratic bullying, you can also remove it!


Recent Comments by Steve Brown

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Oddly enough Domeninco, from around 1984 I’ve noted an escalating deterioration of our town’s earlier strengths and character.
Those of us who are amongst the town’s earliest families, the builders of the Alice and other towns in the Territory, understood what it took to create healthy, well balanced, economically viable, communities.
Unfortunately the vibrancy once driven by a very healthy private sector has long since given way to petty bureaucracy and welfareism along with all the blow in petty politic of envy and ignorance those sectors brought with them.
Replacing vibrancy, hope and belief with a petty mentality of obstructionism and envy, glaring down, standing in the way of, anything that might create, dare I say, the dirty words economic progress!
This attempt to save an ugly, rotten old, asbestos riddled building of no architectural merit is just another example of that moronic stifling mentality.
Crime and corruption about which these people winge constantly, flourishes in places that don’t offer hope and progress!
Sloth and disillusionment flourish in places of bureaucratic overload and petty envious obstructionism!
To clean our town up, to get it moving, to offer hope, we need to deal with those things!
We simply must learn to walk right on bye the wingers, specially the blow-in wingers, and to get right on with building our town, a place of enormous potential if only it is given enough air to breathe.


Gallery fiasco: school heritage process ‘massively flawed’
There is absolutely nothing architecturally noteworthy about this crappy old building, just because a particular person visited, walked past, looked at or went to this school doesn’t make it a place that must be preserved!
It would hang like a millstone around the community’s collective necks for perpetuity.
This building has been sitting there rotting for years yet you suddenly find a deep underlying passion and love for it when another use for its location is found?
I cry BS on this claim!
You are simply being obstructionist! As per usual I might add!
Keeping old completely un-noteworthy buildings in premier positions simply creates an enormously expensive ulcerating rot in the central locations of town, forcing us to extend our CBD over a wider and wider area destroying along with that expansion any chance of creating a thriving central CBD.
So while there certainly are buildings that are noteworthy and worth preserving despite this fact ie Flynn Church and Adelaide House etc.
Much less noteworthy building such as this old school must give way to the new!


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Heavy rains will certainly be welcome, no doubt about it Ed, but 30 to 50mm is a long way short of what’s required to produce floods like the one pictured.
That kind of flood requires closer to 200mm over a fairly short period of time … wouldn’t that be nice?


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@ Evelyn: While I agree with the general intent of your comment it is important to note for the interested children’s education, that neither their action nor any taken by this nation will have the slightest effect on the world climate! Even if we could completely halt all of our carbon production tomorrow, it would not make the slightest difference to climate change.
So by all means kids work towards a cleaner environment, cleaner air and cleaner oceans, but don’t be taken for a ride by those who seek to create irrational fears about your own beautiful world, through politically motivated, fear mongering garbage, about climate change.
It is a natural part of our world and always will be!
The thing we really do need to need fear and guard against, are the mindless efforts of indoctrinated climate fanatics who seek through their ignorance and city bred real world isolation, to do something irrational about planetary warming.
It would benefit everyone to keep in mind that a warming climate is a more productive climate, while on the other hand a cooling climate very quickly becomes a threat to all life on earth, through starvation!
Let’s hope we get to sit somewhere in between. In the meantime there is one very real threat we should all fight and guard against, the life threatening efforts of climate science to artificially interfere with our climate. One stupid mistake and “Winter really will be coming”!


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Didn’t Robyn spruik long and loud the benefits of having an Independent Member for Araluen?
Now she is completely bound up in petty squabbling about more resources.
And not one single question to Government about things that affect the rest of us.
While the Territory goes to hell in a hand basket!
No pressure on Government at all!
Talk about ineffective.
You are payed a dam good wage plus expenses. Write your own speeches and for the Territory’s sake, get on with the job.
[ED – Mr Brown was the CLP candidate for Araluen.]


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