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 but rather at the person behind them.
Our Q&A should help you get to know the humans of NT politics.
Our first profile is Country Liberals candidate for Brennan, Marie-Clare Boothby. Marie-Clare was born in Darwin a few years after Cyclone Tracy and schooled in the northern suburbs before moving to Palmerston to raise her young family 10 years ago.
For 18 years, she was in the leadership team of one of the Northern Territory’s most successful financial advisory firms.
She then spent three years assisting organisations to succeed in the online world through digital marketing initiatives.
In addition, Marie-Clare was the chair of Territory Proud, a membership organisation of nearly 400 NT businesses who use the brand to identify as locally-owned and operated.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Feel the fear and do it anyway. Many people hold back taking action on what matters to them. I have found by pushing past the fear, means I can make a difference.
Tell us something interesting or quirky about yourself?
I’m a day dreamer, especially if I’m driving in a car listening to music. I also find this is the time that I am the most creative in terms of finding solutions to a problem. As an example, during COVID-19, I’ve been restricted in door knocking (to hear what concerns people have right now), however, during the moments in my car listening to music, I’ve come up with new ways to connect with people using different methods which may seem unconventional to some.
How would your best mate describe you in twenty words or less?
I asked my best friends this a few months back, they said: ‘MC is a smart, caring, go-getter, speaks from the heart and is always looking for ways to help the community’.
If you were stranded on a desert island and could bring one movie, one album and one book, what would they be?
The Shack, Roxette’s Greatest Hits, Start with Why, Simon Sineck.
If you could invite anyone in history to dinner, who would it be and why?
Brene Brown, who was quoted saying: “People will find a million reasons to tear your work down”. The reason why I’d like to meet her is there may be limitless writings/videos of Brene’s teachings, yet I am keen to ask about her darkest days and what were the defining moments which drove her perseverance to succeed.
A couple of really quick questions. You can give one word answers if you wish.
Tea or coffee?
Folder or scruncher?
I’ll remember to observe next time so I can answer this important question.
AFL or NRL?
Both, however, it’s the stories behind the players which fascinate me.
Wet season or dry season?
Wet season, those moments just before a storm occurs.
Coles or Woollies?