Documents - ; Slanderous and defamatory allegations made by Mr Stirling against Mr Cleanthous and Deo
Tabled paper 1563
Tabled Papers for 8th Assembly 1997 - 2001; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT
Tabledby Shane Stone
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Your comments of having made little progress in establishing appropriate planning processes and delivery of services since the previous review I am of the opinion that you should take into consideration of the uncertain future of the Homeland when several meetings were held and attended by ATSIC officials, imposing upon us that ATSIC in Canberra had directed that the Homeland merge with the Gapuwiyak Council otherwise no funding will be forthcoming to the Homeland. We did not know in which direction we were going. This problem was only resolved when I demanded for documentary proof of Canberras directive. It was then the official from ATSIC Nhulunbuy stood up and said that there was no written or verbal directive from Canberra. This is a very significant matter that needs mention and to purely state that little progress was achieved does not convey the actual situation. In fact, considering the frustration and an uncertain future, I would think the Homeland has done reasonable well. I feel you should give reasons for comments. Your recommendations to furnish monthly reports to ATSIC and that ATSIC should incorporate special conditions of funding, I would like to propose that quarterly reports be furnished and the question of special conditions to be incorporated is not necessary nor appropriate. My Council and I fully realise our responsibilities and expectations and had the confusion not been created for whatever reasons we would have been on a different level for assessment. Now that the confusion and uncertain future have been removed from our minds, we have developed community plans which will be beneficial for the people of the Homeland. All we need is to be left alone to pursue our destiny as we feel right with no imposition from unrelevant sources. Therefore the special condition to funding should be deleted. Your other comment that there has been a breach of appropriate procurement process in regard to the trailing provided by Cleanthous & Deo, I wish to categorically state that this was an on-going process throughout the year, and believe me, we did benefit from the training which was tailored for us. If an on-going schedule needs the calling of quotation, would it be in order to call for quotation for fuel which will work out to a huge sum for a years supply would quotations be necessary, whenits purchase is based on need? This paragraph should be also deleted. The Project Performance Indicator Reports for purposes of monitoring performance would be implamented, although our periodical financial returns do indicate the levels of progress achieved. On your concluding comments, I propose that in the light of the actual prevailing circumstances confronting the Homeland leading to an uncertain future, I feel your comments should read as follows there was a marked change for the better during the on-site visit as compared to 1995 the grantee is complying with the terms and conditions instead of stating generally complying. Based on C o m m u n ity Development Plans to be implemented this year, it is hoped that the Homeland would be expected to present bettter attainment reports. I shall also like to comment on the Summary of Major Findings: