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Senator Malarndirri McCarthy is a Yanyuwa woman from Borroloola in the Gulf of Carpentaria. She represented the people of Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory Parliament from 2005-2012 and was a Northern Territory Minister in 2008-2012, holding numerous portfolios including Children & Families, Indigenous & Regional Development, Women, Tourism and Local Government. In 2016 Malarndirri was elected to the Australian Senate in 2016.
A former presenter with SBS/NITV News, Malarndirri won the Multicultural and Indigenous Media Awards 2014 Journalist of the Year. Malarndirri is also a former Australian Broadcasting Corporation newsreader and journalist who began her cadetship in 1989 and worked across Australia as a news and current affairs television and radio reporter. In 1993, after a trial run at presenting the late news from Sydney, Malarndirri became the weeknight newsreader for ABC News in Darwin.
Malarndirri co-established Borroloola's first community radio station, B102.9FM The Voice of the Gulf in 1998 with assistance from the ABC, and also set up the Lijakarda Cultural Festivals & Media, Arts & Training Centre for Yanyuwa, Kudanji, Garrawa & Mara people from Borroloola.