Northern Territory Election Results
On 22 August 2020 Northern Territory Labor was returned to Government, having won a majority of seats in the Northern Territory (NT) Parliament.
On Monday 7 September the Chief Minister announced the composition of the new Ministry.
A breakdown of the results is as follows:
|Party||Current seat number||Gain/loss||Primary vote||Swing|
|14||A net loss of 3 seats, with a state-wide swing of -2.9% (primary).||39.4%||-2.8%|
|Australian Labor Party|
|8||A net gain of 5 seats, with a swing of -0.2%.||31.3%||-0.6%|
|Country Liberal Party|
|Independents||2||(included under ‘other’ below)|
|Greens||0||Swing of 1.4% per cent (primary) to the Greens.||4 3%||+1.4%|
Territory Labor ran a campaign on its record of a decisive and successful health response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Labor campaign focussed on delivering an economic and health recovery from the pandemic, making the point that a strong health response allowed for a strong economic response.
Territory Alliance ran a campaign for change, reform of cannabis and vape laws, and a ban on fracking, a position that was a reversal of past support for fracking. The Greens appear to have benefited from the elevated discussion of fracking and environmental issues.
The CLP ran its campaign on crime and what it alleged were poor economic indicators.
Seat by seat results
|Member elected||Electorate||Party||Change of seat|
|Lawrence Costa||Arafura||ALP||ALP retain|
|Robyn Lambley||Araluen||TA||TA retain|
|Selena Uibo||Arnhem||ALP||ALP retain|
|Steven Edgington||Barkly||CLP||CLP gain|
|Mark Turner||Blain||ALP||ALP gain|
|Joshua Burgoyne||Braitling||CLP||CLP gain|
|Marie-Clare Boothby||Brennan||CLP||CLP gain|
|Lauren Moss||Casuarina||ALP||ALP retain|
|Ian Sloan||Daly||CLP||CLP retain, new MP|
|Eva Lawler||Drysdale||ALP||ALP retain|
|Michael Gunner||Fannie Bay||ALP||ALP retain|
|Mark Monaghan||Fong Lim||ALP||ALP retain, new MP|
|Kezia Purick||Goyder||IND||IND retain|
|Joel Bowden||Johnston||ALP||ALP retain|
|Ngaree Ah Kit||Karama||ALP||ALP retain|
|Jo Hersey||Katherine||CLP||CLP gain|
|Chansey Peach||Gwoja||ALP||ALP retain, significant redistribution|
|Bill Yan||Namatjia||CLP||CLP gain|
|Gerald Maley||Nelson||CLP||CLP gain|
|Yingiya Mark Guyula||Mulka||IND||IND retain|
|Natasha Fyles||Nightcliff||ALP||ALP retain|
|Paul Kirby||Port Darwin||ALP||ALP retain|
|Kate Worden||Sanderson||ALP||ALP retain|
|Lia Finocchiaro||Spillett||CLP||CLP retain|
|Nicole Manison||Wanguri||ALP||ALP retain|
The following table represents the voting trend in NT elections between 1997 and 2016. The Number of seats won by Parties and Independents include:
- The seat of Blain was gained by the ALP; the seat was held by Territory Alliance leader Terry Mills by a margin of 1.4%.
- Labor MP Chansey Peach held the seat of Gwoja, previously Stuart, which had a significant redistribution.
The Hon Michael Gunner was elected as NT Chief Minister on 27 August 2016.
Mr Gunner was elected to the Darwin-based seat of Fannie Bay in 2008 and became NT Opposition Leader on 19 April 2015.
He is the formerly held the portfolios of of Shadow Treasurer, Shadow Minister for Major Projects, Northern Australia Development, Police, Fire and Emergency Services, Open and Transparent Government and Business.
Mr Gunner is a fourth generation Territorian who was born in Alice Springs, went to primary school in Tennant Creek, and graduated from Charles Darwin University.
He was involved in student politics and served as policy advisor to, then Chief Minister, Claire Martin.
When Ms. Martin retired in 2008, Mr Gunner took over the seat of Fannie Bay. Mr Gunner is the first Territorian born Chief Minister.
For more information, please contact your Hawker Britton consultant, Queensland and Northern Territory Director, Elliot Stein on +61 431 744 115 and [email protected] or the Queensland and Northern Territory Policy and Business Analyst Corbin Duncan on [email protected]