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 Drysdale, Leanne Butler. Leanne and her family first moved to the NT in 2001. She attended various schools all over Australia, and she finished her school years at Scots PGC in Warwick QLD. Since 2008 Leanne and her husband Simon have owned their home in Woodroffe. The couple has raised their children here and both kids attended local schools.
A former small business owner, Leanne changed career direction and went on to work in the community sector, her passion is helping the disadvantaged.
She starting in aged care, moving on to NGOs working with families and youth homelessness, saying she was helping voices to be heard and supporting those in need. Leanne works for the Salvation Army with homeless and disadvantaged families. She developed a unique life skills program that provides support and hands on training.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received and who did it come from?
‘This too shall pass’. It’s a Persian adage. I don’t know where it came from, I had to look it up. But it has helped me on many difficult occasions to move forward, so much so, I have it tattooed on my forearm. Sometimes I need reminding.
Tell us something interesting or quirky about yourself
I love the Muppets; I have an unhealthy collection of plush toys.
How would your best mate describe you in twenty words or less?
Leanne is a very committed and empathetic person who is giving of her time and energy to improve her community.
If you were stranded on a desert island and could bring one movie, one album and one book, what would they be?
Silence of the Lambs. The Wall by Pink Floyd. Stephanie Alexander’s The Cooks Companion.
If you could have dinner with any person in history, who would it be and why?
Barry Took, the man who brought together Monty Python, and I would insist he invite the whole crew. Monty Python is just great escapism. I think the funniest place would have been the writing room. I love to laugh and it doesn’t matter how many times I have watched Monty Python and the Holy Grail, I still laugh like it’s the first time.
A couple of really quick questions. You can give one-word answers if you wish.
Tea or coffee?
Coffee, specifically Aldi coffee pods.
Folder or scruncher?
Definitely a folder.
AFL or NRL?
AFL. My team of choice is the West Coast Eagles.
Wet season or dry season?
Both. I love the wet season and the storms. There is nothing like a lighting storm to wake you up. The Dry is perfect camping weather.
Coles or Woollies?