The NT Independent is providing you with a light-hearted look at the candidates for the August 22 NT general election. We’re not looking at policy or platforms at this time, but rather at the person behind them.
Our Q&A should help you get to know the humans of NT politics.
Today’s profile is the NT Greens candidate for Nightcliff, Billee McGinley.
Billee moved to the NT permanently in 2001. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management at Deakin University, then a Graduate Diploma in Geographic Information Systems at Charles Darwin University. She has worked across the Top End as a scientist, focused on sustainability and resource management, with several cherished years working alongside Indigenous land, sea, and water managers.
She currently lives in Rapid Creek, on beautiful Larrakia Country. She is a mother to a wonderful four-year-old, who is a reason she is running for the seat of Nightcliff.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received and who did it come from?
My Dad and I used to debate a lot from when I was young. He would annoyingly say to me, “You are not always right and don’t always have to be right, even though you think you are”. It took me a while to get it, but these wise words helped me refine my debating skills and ensure that what I am saying is defensible and considered by more than my own perspective.
Tell us something interesting or quirky about yourself.
Apparently I collect souvenir teaspoons. I gathered a few from op shops and places I had been, then my friends and family got the idea that I collect them. Suddenly I had a significant assortment of spoons; my display attracts donations to this day.
How would your best mate describe you in twenty words or less?
Determined, sassy, reliable, high level of empathy and consideration for others. Independent and community orientated. Billee is a true leader.
If you were stranded on a desert island and could bring one movie, one album and one book, what would they be?
Book: ‘Still Life with Woodpecker’ by Tom Robbins. This book would be great company on a deserted island.
Movie: Ten Canoes directed by Rolf de Heer. It was a good laugh and might have some handy survival tips.
Album: Would have to be some reggae island vibes – NT’s Saltwater Band.
If you could have dinner with any person in history, who would it be and why?
Angela Davis, a great author, thinker and activist dedicated to democracy. I am motivated by her inspiring words: “You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time.”
Angela is 76 and continues her work for a better world.
A couple of really quick questions. You can give one-word answers if you wish.
Tea or coffee?
Folder or scruncher?
Folder, but not afraid to scrunch.
AFL or NRL?
AFL. I love my local NT footy. Go Nightcliff Tigers!
Wet season or dry season?
I have always loved the Wet, but the last few wet seasons’ temperatures were hotter and rainfall scarcer, due to climate change. It’s time to rapidly switch to renewable energy in the NT, to save our beautiful wet and dry seasons.
Coles or Woollies?
I like to support local businesses and buy local produce, so Nightcliff Friendly’s Supermarket, Nightcliff and Rapid Creek Markets, and Greenies Real Food for me.
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