Appendix 1 Response by Mr Brian McCarty to remarks made by the Member for
On 17 September
2012 the Member for Leichhardt, Mr Warren Entsch MP, made a speech in the House
of Representatives which identified me by name, and included false statements
about me. This is my submission under the ‘Right of Reply’ process.
referred to a satirical political blog website in Cairns called
hillbillywatch.com that has criticised politicians and other public figures in
Cairns, and he erroneously and inappropriately linked it to me.
Mr Entsch also
stated that I had attempted two web ventures, ‘coralseastudios.com and
webjazz.com’, both of which he said he had been told turned out badly.
In relation to
Coral Sea Studios this is untrue. Coral Sea Studios Pty Ltd is a registered
Australian company that was never a ‘web’ venture. It was an attempt to develop
a world-class recording studio complex in Cairns in 2000-2001, and again at Mr
Entsch’s encouragement in 2005 as demonstrated by a letter of support signed by
Mr Entsch in 2005. The 2001 effort foundered when the 9/11 tragedy occurred in
In 2005, Mr
Entsch attempted to encourage us to proceed again with the Coral Sea Studios
venture, promising support that never materialised. These professionals would
never have invested money and reputation in this venture if they were concerned
about the ethics of the managing director.
There is no such
venture anywhere listed as ‘webjazz.com’.
Contrary to Mr
Entsch’s remarks, I have no ‘former associates’ that have issued any advice to
Mr Entsch about ‘attempted investment fraud using fake website content and
stolen identities’. This is false and I object to any suggestion that I have
ever done anything illegal or immoral.
I do not work at
the Baskin-Robbins ice cream franchise on the Cairns Esplanade as guest
relations manager as claimed by Mr Entsch.
by Mr Entsch that I have a ‘severe personality disorder’ are also untrue. I am
active in various technical and standards committees in the film and TV
industry, to the delight of my colleagues. My 20+ years as a sound engineer at
the highest levels of filmmaking in Hollywood, including as part of the sound
team on three pictures nominated for ‘Best Sound’ at the Oscars, is legendary.
And I continue to make contributions to the entertainment industry on behalf of
Australia, as a proud Australian.