Carter defends integrity
BRAD Carter says he has proof that an attack on his character by Capricornia MP Kirsten Livermore was unfounded and untrue.
The mayor of the Rockhampton region was derided in parliament as a bully who had been counselled for bullying and harassment during his career as a bureaucrat with the Queensland government.
Cr Carter said yesterday that as a result of Ms Livermore’s outburst in Canberra he was left with no choice but to publicly defend his integrity.
He wrote to his previous employer – the Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation – seeking confirmation that Ms Livermore’s accusations were false.
“Mark Bermingham, an associate director general, has confrimed that I was not counselled for bullying and harassment during my career with the department,” he said.
“I am not seeking an apology from Ms Livermore, nor am I asking for the Parliamentary Hansard record to be corrected, but I do ask that the public record in this region be corrected.”
Cr Carter said he believed Ms Livermore felt threatened by his criticism that the region had been overlooked in the Federal Budget, but that her response was disproportionate and misleading.
“Despite her comments, I have not, and will not attack Ms Livermore personally, nor will I question her integrity,” he said.
“I won’t be commenting publicly on her performance as an elected representative.”
He said he hoped they could work together to secure federal government support to allow the region to grow and prosper.
“However, if Ms Livermore does not wish to work with me, I am strong in my commitment to stand up for this region without her assistance,” Cr Carter said.