NT election 2020 candidates – Kendall Trudgen

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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 NT Greens candidate for Casuarina, Kendall Trudgen. Kendall lives in the suburb of Tiwi with his small family.

Kendall has nearly 20 years of Northern Territory based work experience as a community development worker, educator, mediator, and advocate. He has assisted and led successful projects in community controlled justice and peace-making, grassroots governance development and educational media, delivering material across a range of subjects, including health.

In 2016, against all odds, Kendall managed a winning election campaign for independent Yingiya Mark Guyula in the seat of Nhulunbuy and then advised him in parliament.

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

Honestly and what comes first to mind, is two bits of advice from my parents. A timely right jab to the chin at 16, and “if you need help, ask God.” I.e. be humble.

Tell us something interesting or quirky about yourself

It’s possible my whole life is interesting or quirky depending on who’s the judge. I’m a ‘whitefella’ but at the same time a native Arnhem Lander. It’s the curse or gift of being bi-cultural.

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

Tinny, loyal and a bit quiet.

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

The movie would have to be funny with a lot of strong actors going for it, like This is the End with Seth Rogan, James Franco, Jonah Hill etc. I like a lot of different music but I always go back to Pearl Jam’s album Vs. It must give me some sort of childhood comfort. I’d choose the Bible for the book, because it’s a cheat. It’s really lots of stories and I find them endlessly challenging and puzzling. Also it brings with it the opportunity for an invisible friend.

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

I understand the drive to protect but I don’t get the conquering types, so I’d like to sit down with Genghis Khan or Napoleon and get a picture of that psychology. Alternatively, being a parent for a while now, I wouldn’t mind a few more moments with my grandmother to better understand her old school service ethic.

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

Tea or coffee?

Beer (in moderation), caffeine isn’t good for me.

Folder or scruncher?

Depends on the day and my temperament.


Although I have an appreciation for both codes my heart was given to basketball a long time ago, so the NBA.

Wet season or dry season?

Either, just not the in-betweens.

Coles or Woollies?

MAC milk at Coles, Braggs apple cider vinegar at Woollies. In the end it’s a bit like Labor and the Liberals, same same. I’d say, take what’s good from either and then shop at your local.

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