NT election 2020 candidates – Gary Haslett

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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 CLP candidate for Johnston, Gary Haslett.

Alderman Gary Haslett has served on the City of Darwin Council representing Waters Ward since 2012. He is currently employed as a VET trainer at Palmerston High School.

Educated in Darwin, he went to primary school in Milner after Cyclone Tracy and gained a Bachelor of Business from the then Northern Territory University, now CDU. Gary is an Australian Institute of Company Directors graduate and holds a Certificate IV in training and assessment.

Gary is the vice president of the Local Government Association of the NT and is on the board of Neighbourhood Watch NT. He was previously on the board of Tourism Top End and the Australian American Association NT.

Gary moved to Darwin as a baby in 1966. His first job after leaving school was at Channel 8, now called Channel 9.  Later he worked for ABC TV as an editor, producer and director. He has also worked teaching international students business subjects at the award-winning International College of Advanced Education.

More recently he delivered the diploma of screen media program at Batchelor Institute. Now Gary is teaching high school students business, Information, Digital Media and Technology, creative industries and screen media.

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

I always say, “If you ask for advice from an expert, then you should follow it.” This has been my experience.

Tell us something interesting or quirky about yourself

In 1969 I was given a medallion to commemorate the Centenary of European settlement of Darwin. Last year as a City of Darwin alderman I was honoured to have facilitated giving sesquicentenary commemorative coins to primary school-aged children in Darwin.

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

My best mate would describe me as loyal, dependable and stable. But most of all lucky.

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

If I was stranded on an island I would take Dr Zhivago directed by David Lean, Best of Bowie and The Bible.

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

If I could have dinner with someone from history I would choose William Shakespeare because he has so many stories to tell.

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?

Coles has better range.

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