NT election 2020 candidates – Jerry Amato

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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 Arnhem, Jerry Amato.

Jerry had always wanted to see the Territory and after a couple of visits decided to make it his home, moving to a station 60km from Mataranka in 2016, a decision he wishes he’d made a lot earlier in his life.

Jerry’s childhood was really good, growing up in country NSW before secondary schooling in Canberra and graduating from Dalby Agricultural College QLD in 1989. Jerry was then a shearer for a few years and decided there must be an easier way to make a living, so he got involved in the resources sector starting off at the bottom and working his way up. 

Jerry is an avid hunter, angler and cook and considers Arnhem about as close to paradise as you can get.

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

“Before making decisions look at all the facts first”. It came from my dad.

Tell us something interesting or quirky about yourself

I can blow air out of my tear ducts.

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

Reliable, a planner, bit of a yarn spinner and loves the bush.

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

Movie: The Shawshank Redemption directed by Frank Darabont.

Album: Classic Aussie Rock Compilation.

Book: Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally.

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

Fred Hollows, truly a great Australian and humanitarian. 

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 Woolies?

Woolies for groceries, butcher for the rest.

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