A meeting this week of the 90 delegates of the CLC, 18 represented by proxies, barred any “media comment or commentary on … the director’s employment or the chair’s tenure by any party unless authorised by the council (not executive),” according to a document (shown in part above) leaked to the Alice Springs News Online.
It is not clear when the council will be called together again for it to issue such an authorisation.
Offenders against this edict “shall be removed from their position as delegate / chair or Employee of the Land Council”.
The meeting in Tennant Creek passed a motion by Bernard Abbott, seconded by Michael Liddle, which said, in part: “The chair shall cease his activity to remove the director without proper process or evidence of corruption, poor performance or mismanagement.”
This appears to be of little consequence as the chairman surely has the mandate of dealing with staff issues on what he may see as “poor performance or mismanagement”.
The motion also requires Mr Ryan “to undertake governance education provided by CLC and attend Yapa governance conducted by elders in his region and each other region of the CLC at the request of delegates”. The CLC has nine regions with 10 delegates each.
It’s back to school not only for Mr Ryan but “training” is also to be provided “to the Council to ensure comprehensive understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the Chairman, Delegates, Executive and Staff”.
This is remarkable as the CLC has been in operation since 1976 – 38 years.