Malarndirri McCarthy is a welcome and familiar face to many in the Northern Territory. A Yanyuwa woman from the Gulf country, she first entered the public sphere as a journalist, working as a television news and current affairs presenter.
Ms McCarthy was elected to the Northern Territory Assembly as the Member for Arnhem in 2005. During her seven years in the Assembly, she held the Ministerial Portfolios of Local Government, Regional Development, Indigenous Development, Tourism, Women’s Policy and Statehood.
As a Cabinet Minister she drove change and reform in the child protection system and in Homelands policy; developed tourism as a stronger economic driver; and grew jobs in the bush.
Her experiences bring unique perspectives to the role of Labor Senate candidate for the NT, a familiarity with the challenges and opportunities facing Territorians, and the perseverance and determination to drive change.
Ms McCarthy’s focus is to bring communities together and ensure remote communities are engaged with and listened to on a national level.
She has two adult sons, family all around the Territory and draws strength from getting out bush on country.