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 Territory Alliance candidate for Port Darwin, Gary Strachan. Gary moved to the Northern Territory in 1980. He lives in the electorate with his wife and three small children. Gary has been a small business owner in Darwin for more than 30 years and currently runs Hair Dude in the Darwin CBD.
Gary has a law degree from Charles Darwin University and has worked as a lawyer in the NT. His latest project is to set up an Indigenous not-for-profit hair training program which will train Territorians from remote and urban parts of the NT. This program includes training inmates in prison so they have a qualification upon their release and to assist them to gain employment.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received and who did it come from?
The best advice came from my mother who was terminally ill with cancer. She said “Don’t put off what you want to do until later as you may not be able to do it later.”
Tell us something interesting or quirky about yourself.
I travelled to Scotland alone at age 15 to try and get a professional soccer apprenticeship and ended up starting my hairdressing apprenticeship instead.
How would your best mate describe you in twenty words or less?
Best friend would describe me as an easy going relaxed person who relates to people from all walks of life/backgrounds. A highly motivated person with a drive to succeed in anything I put my mind to.
If you were stranded on a desert island and could bring one movie, one album and one book, what would they be?
Movie: Stir Crazy. Album: Greatest Hits- Guns N’ Roses. Book: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
If you could invite anyone in history to dinner, who would it be and why?
Jimmy Barnes. I saw him on a TV interview asking how could he be bankrupt after being top of the music charts for so many years, his answer was “He had a hell of a good time”. I’d just like to hear about his great career and great life.
A couple of really quick questions. You can give one word answers if you wish.
Tea or coffee?
Don’t drink tea or coffee, parents were coffee addicts turned me off for life lol.
Folder or scruncher?
AFL or NRL?
NRL, Sydney Roosters supporter
Wet season or dry season?
Coles or Woollies?
Woollies, as I live three doors away from it.