Early Childhood Australia National Conference 2016

Malarndirri McCarthy

Keynote speaker

Malarndirri McCarthy

Keynote speaker
NITV/SBS Senior Journalist/Presenter


Malarndirri McCarthy, a Yanyuwa woman from Borroloola in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Northern Territory, is a Senior Journalist/Presenter for NITV News and host of Week in Review.

Malarndirri spent 16 years presenting and reporting for ABC News and Stateline in the Northern Territory, Sydney and Canberra. From 2005–2012, Malarndirri represented the people of Arnhem Land in the Northern
Territory Parliament.

In 2008 Malarndirri opposed the NT Labor Governments’ legislation to divert the McArthur River near Borroloola for mining expansion, and she crossed the floor against the legislation on cultural and environmental grounds.  A first in the history of the NT Parliament and Labor Government.

Malarndirri then became a Northern Territory Minister in 2008-2012 and held numerous portfolios including

*  Minister for Children & Families

*  Indigenous & Regional Development

*  Women

*  Tourism

*  Local Government

As Minister for Children & Families, she recommended a Board of Inquiry to conduct a broad-ranging public inquiry under the Inquiries Act into the Northern Territory’s child protection system.

Malarndirri is passionate about seeing Indigenous young people stay at school through to Year 12, and on to tertiary study and work. She continues to work closely with Sydney schools to foster the educational development of Indigenous students.