NT election 2020 candidates – Dorothy Fox

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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 Ban Fracking Fix Crime Protect Water candidate for Port Darwin, Dorothy Fox.

Dorothy has lived in Darwin most of her life except for a short period after Cyclone Tracy. She was a public servant for over thirty years and a City of Darwin councillor for ten years. Dorothy is a Larrakia elder and traditional owner of Darwin and the Cox Peninsula and has performed many a ‘welcome to country’ for preschools, schools, major events and citizenship ceremonies.

Dorothy is a member of the Cubillo clan and has ties to the early settlers who built roads, houses and sporting clubs in Darwin. She has worked for the community in many ways including as a member of the Community Courts, Crime Stoppers, Neighbourhood Watch, Aboriginal Legal Aid and supported people going through the court process.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

To train to become a nurse. I had to go to Adelaide to do this as Aboriginal people were not allowed to train in Darwin.

Tell us something interesting or quirky about yourself?

I have delivered babies. I have been a taxi driver and radio dispatcher. I have played the organ in St Mary’s Catholic Cathedral.

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

I am a loyal friend, who never takes “no” for an answer. I always try to be positive and always listen to both sides of the story, a good listener. I will always walk away from an argument and do not carry a grudge.

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

Movie: Gone with the Wind directed by Victor Fleming.

Album: When You Say Nothing at All by Ronan Keating.

Book: Any James Paterson or Lee Childs novel on crime.

If you could invite anyone in history to dinner, who would it be and why?

Bishop Gsell, the first priest and bishop of the NT. As a foreigner he came to Darwin and established the first Catholic mission on the Tiwi Islands. My mother was taken from her mother to the mission in 1911 and my destiny began.

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

Tea or coffee?


Folder or scruncher?


Wet season or dry season?




Coles or Woollies?


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