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Northern Territory Labor Ministry Named

This is the ministerial team announced by the new ALP Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, Clare Martin.

Martin

  1. Clare Martin – Chief minister, treasurer, minister for arts and museums, young Territorians, women’s policy, senior Territorians, communications, science and advanced technology.
  2. Syd Stirling – Deputy chief minister, leader of government business, minister for education, employment and training, police, fire and emergency services, parks and wildlife, Aboriginal affairs, tourism.
  3. Peter Toyne – Attorney-general, minister for central Australia, primary industry and fisheries, sport and recreation, corporate and information services, regional development.
  4. Paul Henderson – Minister for industries and business, resources development, Asian relations and trade, Territory insurance, AustralAsia Railway, racing, gaming and licensing.
  5. John Ah Kit – Minister for transport and infrastructure development, Territory ports, correctional services and essential services.
  6. Jane Aagaard – Minister for health, family and community services, assisting the chief minister on women’s policy.
  7. Kon Vatskalis – Minister for lands, planning and environment, housing, local government and ethnic affairs.

Labor Edging Close To Government In Northern Territory; CLP Loses 7 Seats In Large Swing; Hung Parliament Still Possible

10.30pm – Clare Martin is on the verge of becoming the first Labor Party Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, following today’s election.

Clare Martin, Territory Labor LeaderThe ALP has a certain 12 seats, one short of an outright majority, with the final outcome hinging on the distribution of preferences in the seat of Millner.

The ALP has won 5 seats from the Country Liberal Party: Karama, Casuarina, Sanderson, Johnston and Nightcliff.

In addition to the 5 seats won by Labor, the CLP has also lost 2 seats to independents. The Alice Springs electorate of Braitling has been retained by the sitting member, Loraine Braham, who was disendorsed by the CLP. In Nelson, a Darwin electorate, the independent candidate, Gerry Wood, will win on Labor preferences.

The CLP primary vote has fallen 9% to 45.6%, whereas the Labor primary vote has risen 2.1% to 40.6%. One Nation has polled 1.3% and other candidates have polled 12.5%. [Read more…]