Tenancy Management Contract Referred To Auditor General

Tenancy Management Contract Referred To Auditor General

Northern Territory Minister for Housing and Community Development Gerald McCarthy

Procurement Process Referred To Auditor General

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Housing and Community Development Gerry McCarthy will refer to the Auditor General the awarding of the next Alice Springs town camps tenancy management contract.

Mr. McCarthy said a recent probity audit report into the current contract, awarded under the CLP Government, found procurement processes had not complied with procurement directions or best practice guidelines.

“I will ask the Auditor General to look at the procurement process to ensure improvements recently implemented by the Department of Housing and Community Development are best practice.” Mr. McCarthy said.

“It is concerning the probity audit report revealed procurement procedures were not followed and I will make sure this will not happen again under my watch.”

“Territorians deserve a government that always puts them first and listens and consults before taking decisive action.” Mr. McCarthy said.

“We saw how the destructive behaviour of the CLP destroyed Territorian’s confidence in government and we are determined not to make the same mistakes.”

Mr. McCarthy said the Gunner Territory Government was determined to restore trust and this was a step in the right direction.

“Following my questions to the Department on the awarding of the Alice Springs town camps tenancy management contract under the previous CLP Government, the new CEO Jamie Chalker commissioned an independent probity audit.”

“I asked Mr. Chalker to release the full probity audit report last week.”

Department of Housing and Community Development are implementing all of the recommendations from the audit.

“Unlike the previous CLP Government, we will put the public interest ahead of the private interest of a lucky few.” Mr. McCarthy said.

“We have also reformed the Territory Government’s procurement system, including the appointment of an industry advocate who can lobby on behalf of industry to ensure value for the Territory.”

(CLP) Country Liberal Party