NT election 2020 candidates – Ted Warren

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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 independent candidate for Goyder, Ted Warren.

Ted grew up on the rural outskirts of Sydney and moved to the Territory in 1978. He has worked as a geotechnical and geological engineering consultant in the Northern Territory and Papua New Guinea. After contesting Jingili for Labor in 1994, Ted was named as Labor’s candidate in the normally unwinnable seat of Goyder in 2005. He was elected on the back of Labor’s landslide re-election that year but was defeated by Kezia Purick in 2008 after a single term as MP.

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

My Mum, of course, and she’d often say: “Evil prevails when good people do nothing”.

Tell us something interesting or quirky about yourself.

I often go back to check if I’ve locked the car even though I’m pretty confident I have, but most of my friends do the same, so maybe that’s normal. It does seem a bit quirky to me though.

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

An honourable person, who cares and is prepared to get out there and have a go.

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

Movie: Dr Zhivago directed by David Lean as it has so many poignant scenes and is still very relevant today.

Album: Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon simply because I like it and not just because it’s an all time classic.

Book: Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. Just finished reading it and it is very well researched. I can certainly recommend it. I like reading articles and books that are informative. The real world and people never fail to amaze me.

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

My grandfather (on my dad’s side), as he died well before I was born and I know very little about him. Apparently he was a naval man and quite an adventurer.

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

Tea or coffee?

I like to start and finish the day with a cuppa tea, but I like a coffee sometime during the day.

Folder or scruncher?

While voters have a right to know most things about me, my toiletry manners are irrelevant and private, so I’ll “pass” on that one.


NRL and AFL for light entertainment. Just kidding. I like most sports and encourage people to participate if possible.

Wet season or dry season?

The dry season is great for getting out and spending time camping in our Top End bushland and enjoying all the fantastic public events. I also love the wet season storms and the smell of the first rains and all the green vegetation growth. They are the yin and yang of the Top End.

Coles or Woollies?

Both and whichever is most convenient at the time.  Competition is great for consumers.

I know it sounds a bit like I’m having “two bob each way” in these last few answers, but I enjoy variety and having options.


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