NT election 2020 candidates – Daniel Mulholland

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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 independent candidate for Barkly, Daniel Mulholland.

Daniel is proud Territorian, of Yanyula-Mara and Anmatjerre heritage and has been here all of his life. He says he couldn’t live anywhere else on Earth. As long as he’s somewhere in the NT he is a happy man but preferably would be Borroloola.

Daniel pretty much grew up along the Stuart Highway, and as a child lived in Borroloola, Katherine, Darwin, Pickertaramoor on Melville Island, and Murganella on the Cobourg Peninsula. He and his family spent a lot of time in the bush growing up and loved every minute of it, and as his parents were concerned with their education, they were always made to go to school.

Daniel went to school in both Katherine and Darwin. He said he probably preferred Katherine but there were better sporting opportunities up in Darwin back then.

Daniel spent most of his working life travelling in remote NT and has come across many good people and many a beautiful piece of country. The things that get him up every day are his beautiful family, and the drive he has to better himself, his people, his community and to generally see the world become a better place. When he sees the balance of scale lopsided, he likes to do his part to help fix it.

Daniel is a ‘glass half full’ type of bloke and believes that if we all give a little bit more we’ll feel much better for it.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received and who did it come from?

The best advice that I can recall is from my father Patrick (Paddy) Mulholland who said: “If you do things properly the first time, you won’t need to go back and fix it”. I have tried my best to live by this advice.

Tell us something interesting or quirky about yourself.

I love my bush life but also like my comforts. I think as you get older you like to do things a little bit easier. I used to also love the challenge of four-wheel driving and getting bogged, etc. I had a lot more energy getting out back then. That’s a bit on the shy side these days.

How would your best mate describe you in twenty words or less?

Good for a loan (myth), dependable and a man of his word. A man is as good as his word! That’s another one of old Dad’s sayings.

If you were stranded on a desert island and could bring one movie, one album and one book, what would they be?

Movie: The Secret directed by Drew Heriot (stay positive).

Album: Slim Dusty’s Songs of Australia.

Book: How to get off a Desert Island for Dummies.

If you could have dinner with any person in history, who would it be and why?

Nelson Mandela. The inner strength, resolve and focus of the man was awe inspiring. He was a great man with great insights. There are many other great people throughout history, though he is unmatched, in my view, considering what he had to endure, and then what he finally achieved.

A couple of really quick questions. You can give one-word answers if you wish.

Tea or coffee?

Coffee but tea when from a billy can.

Folder or scruncher?

Um scruncher.


These days NRL.

Wet season or dry season?


Coles or Woollies?  


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