Mayor is whiner, bully: Livermore
MAYOR Brad Carter has been branded a bully and failed bureaucrat in an attack on his character by Member for Capricorn Kirsten Livermore.
In a speech to federal parliament on Monday night, Ms Livermore described the Rockhampton Regional Council leader as a whiner who spends his time looking for others to blame.
The MP had promised to have her say when Cr Carter came out fighting last week and claimed the Gillard government did not understand the region's infrastructure needs and had ignored Rocky in the federal budget.
But the personal insults contained in her five-minute address in Canberra left the Mayor at a loss to understand what he had done or said to deserve such stinging vitriol.
Her most sensational claim was that Cr Carter had received counselling for bullying and harassment, something he emphatically denies.
Cr Carter responded yesterday with a challenge to Ms Livermore to repeat her claims of bullying outside parliament where she would not have protection from defamation proceedings.
He said he found her comments offensive and denied that he was a bully or had problems in previous employment which led to counselling for bullying and harassment.
“I'm disappointed that she has used parliamentary privilege to make incorrect and unsubstantiated allegations of a personal nature and would invite her to make the same comments without that protection.”
During her speech, Ms Livermore said that for many years Cr Carter had been the regional director for state development in Central Queensland.
“He was the bureaucrat with responsibility for developing our infrastructure needs. He has had 20 years to make things happen in Rockhampton, but instead spends his time as Mayor looking for others to blame.”
In response Cr Carter said that when he was a state bureaucrat he was responsible for economic development, not infrastructure.
He also denied a further allegation that he was looking for a quick fix to the region's problems so that he could take an achievement to the next council election.
“I have always talked about how it would take five to 10 years to address infrastructure plans,” he said. “The sad reality is that there is nothing significant in the federal budget forward estimates for our region and I have dared to say so.
“My comments have always been directed at government processes, not at Kirsten. I had not and will not comment on her integrity and performance as a federal member and I have sincerely appreciated the assistance she has provided to me and our council in terms of arranging meetings in Canberra and gaining access to federal funding programs for projects.”
But it is the assault on his character that is most damaging.
Ms Livermore told parliament it was not her job to put up with his campaign of whining and harassment.
“What he needs to understand is that, just like the feisty old ladies in Depot Hill, I will not be bullied or intimidated.”