2012 Northern Territory general election
The Northern Territory general election was held on Saturday 25 August 2012, which elected all 25 members of the Legislative Assembly in the unicameral Northern Territory Parliament. The 11-year Labor Party government led by Chief Minister Paul Henderson was defeated in their attempt to win a fourth term against the opposition Country Liberal Party led by opposition leader Terry Mills with a swing of four seats, losing the normally safe Labor remote seats of Arafura, Arnhem, Daly and Stuart, whilst retaining their urban seats picked up at the 2001 election.
All 25 seats of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly
13 seats were needed for a majority
Results by electoral division.
|Summary of votes by party|
Independents: Gerry Wood
Two safe Labor seats were uncontested at the previous election and therefore did not contribute to votes and results, all seats were contested at this election with the two previously uncontested Labor seats both won by the CLP.
Historically, remote areas had voted Labor while the urban areas had voted CLP. The CLP had governed since the initial 1974 election until Labor led by Clare Martin surprisingly came to power with a one-seat majority government at the 2001 election, mainly by sweeping Darwin's more diverse northern suburbs. Labor won in a landslide at the 2005 election, winning the second-largest majority in the Territory's history and reducing the CLP to only four seats. Although Labor led by Henderson retained a one-seat majority government at the 2008 election on 13 Labor, 11 CLP, 1 independent with only 49.3 percent of the two-party preferred vote, Labor had won two seats uncontested by the CLP—all seats were contested again at the 2012 election. Labor, the CLP, the Northern Territory Greens, the First Nations Political Party and the Australian Sex Party were running endorsed candidates.
A minority government was led by Henderson from mid-2009 when Alison Anderson resigned from the Labor Party to sit as an independent member of parliament. Anderson along with the existing independent Gerry Wood signed a letter to the speaker of parliament to push sittings forward, prompting CLP leader Mills to table a motion of no confidence on Monday 10 August 2009. Wood ended up voting with the government, defeating the motion of no confidence. Anderson joined the CLP in September 2011, resulting in 12 Labor, 12 CLP, 1 independent. Wood and Anderson retained their seats at the 2012 election.
Like the Australian House of Representatives, members were elected through full-preference instant-runoff voting in single-member electorates. The election was conducted by the Northern Territory Electoral Commission, an independent body answerable to Parliament.
In a change to polling in remote electorates, where most voting was previously conducted by mobile polling teams, for the first time there was full election day voting in major regional indigenous centres. As such, swings may be distorted. The conducting of a formal polling place could also alter the way voting takes places and increase the local turnout. Mobile polling teams were still used but they took many fewer votes than in the past. In addition, for the first time in the territory, there was an electronic feed of results, the last administration in Australia to go electronic.
The Henderson Labor government introduced fixed four-year terms following the previous election.
The Legislative Assembly was dissolved on 6 August 2012. The electoral roll was closed on 8 August and nominations on 10 August, prior to polling day on 25 August.
Sitting members are in bold. Successful candidates are highlighted in the relevant colour.
|Electorate||Held By||Labor Candidate||CLP Candidate||Greens Candidate||Other Candidates|
|Arafura||Labor||Dean Rioli||Francis Xavier Kurrupuwu||George Pascoe||Jeannie Gadambua (FNPP)|
|Araluen||CLP||Adam Findlay||Robyn Lambley||Edan Baxter (FNPP)|
|Arnhem||Labor||Malarndirri McCarthy||Larisa Lee|
|Barkly||Labor||Gerry McCarthy||Rebecca Healy||Valda Shannon (FNPP)|
Stewart Willey (Ind)
|Blain||CLP||Geoff Bahnert||Terry Mills||Daniel Fejo (FNPP)|
|Braitling||CLP||Deborah Rock||Adam Giles||Barbara Shaw||Colin Furphy (Ind)|
|Brennan||CLP||Russell Jeffrey||Peter Chandler|
|Casuarina||Labor||Kon Vatskalis||Jane Johnson|
|Daly||Labor||Rob Knight||Gary Higgins||David Pollock||Trevor Jenkins (-)|
Bill Risk (FNPP)
|Drysdale||CLP||James Burke||Lia Finocchiaro||Ross Bohlin (Ind)|
|Fannie Bay||Labor||Michael Gunner||Tony Clementson||Ken Bird|
|Fong Lim||CLP||Ashley Marsh||Dave Tollner||Matt Haubrick||Peter Burnheim (ASP)|
|Goyder||CLP||Damien Smith||Kezia Purick||John Kearney (-)|
|Greatorex||CLP||Rowan Foley||Matt Conlan||Evelyne Roullet||Phil Walcott (Ind)|
|Johnston||Labor||Ken Vowles||Jo Sangster||Alana Parrott-Jolly||Peter Bussa (-)|
Krystal Metcalf (ASP)
|Karama||Labor||Delia Lawrie||Rohan Kelly||Frances Elcoate|
|Katherine||CLP||Cerise King||Willem Westra van Holthe||Teresa Cummings (Ind)|
|Namatjira||Labor||Des Rogers||Alison Anderson||Warren H Williams (FNPP)|
|Nelson||Independent||Sharon McAlear||Judy Cole||Gerry Wood (Ind)|
|Nhulunbuy||Labor||Lynne Walker||Allen Fanning||Kendall Trudgen (Ind)|
|Nightcliff||Labor||Natasha Fyles||Kim Loveday||Owen Gale||Andrew Arthur (Ind)|
Stuart Blanch (Ind)
Peter Rudge (Ind)
Felicity Wardle (ASP)
|Port Darwin||CLP||Alan James||John Elferink||David Andrews||Rowena Leunig (ASP)|
|Sanderson||CLP||Jodie Green||Peter Styles||Jillian Briggs (ASP)|
Dimitrious Magriplis (FNPP)
|Stuart||Labor||Karl Hampton||Bess Price||Maurie Japarta Ryan (FNPP)|
|Wanguri||Labor||Paul Henderson||Rhianna Harker|
Unregistered parties and groupsEdit
The following pendulum is known as the Mackerras Pendulum, invented by psephologist Malcolm Mackerras. The pendulum works by lining up all of the seats held in the Legislative Assembly according to the percentage point margin they are held by on a two-party-preferred basis. This is also known as the swing required for the seat to change hands. Given a uniform swing to the opposition or government parties, the number of seats that change hands can be predicted.
|Fannie Bay||Michael Gunner||ALP||1.1|
|Nelson||Gerry Wood||IND||28.7 v CLP|
|COUNTRY LIBERAL SEATS|
|Fong Lim||Dave Tollner||CLP||2.1|
|Port Darwin||John Elferink||CLP||2.8|
|Braitling||Adam Giles||CLP||20.3 v GRN|
|MacDonnell||Alison Anderson||ALP v. CLP||Unopp|
|The Australian||Country Liberal|
|NT News||Labor|
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