Division of Lingiari

The Division of Lingiari is an Australian electoral division in the Northern Territory that covers the entirety of the territory outside of the Division of Solomon, which covers Darwin and surrounding areas. The division also includes the Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) Islands.[1]

Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Lingiari in the Northern Territory, as of the 2022 federal election (excludes Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands).
MPMarion Scrymgour
NamesakeVincent Lingiari
Electors74,050 (2022)
Area1,352,371 km2 (522,153.4 sq mi)
DemographicRural and remote

Lingiari includes all of the Northern Territory's remote Indigenous communities, most of whom vote when visited by mobile polling teams during the election campaign.[2]

The current MP is Marion Scrymgour, a member of the Australian Labor Party. Scrymgour herself is Indigenous and inherited Tiwi identity from her mother.[2]


Federal electoral division boundaries in Australia are determined at redistributions by a redistribution committee appointed by the Australian Electoral Commission. Redistributions occur for the boundaries of divisions in a particular state or territory, and they occur every seven years, or sooner if a state or territory's representation entitlement changes or when divisions of a state or territory are malapportioned.[3]


The division was named after prominent Aboriginal rights activist Vincent Lingiari AM (1908–1988), who was a member of the Gurindji nation. Other divisions named after Aboriginal Australians are Bennelong in New South Wales, Blair and Bonner in Queensland, and Cooper and Nicholls in Victoria.

The division was one of the two established when the former Division of Northern Territory was redistributed on 21 December 2000. It covers almost the entire Territory—except for the area around Darwin, which is covered by the Division of Solomon—an area of 1,347,849 square kilometres (520,407 sq mi). It is the second largest electorate in terms of area in Australia, the largest being the Division of Durack in Western Australia. The division also includes the Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) Islands.[1] From its formation until the 2022 Australian federal election, it had been held by Warren Snowdon of the Australian Labor Party, who transferred there after the Division of Northern Territory was abolished.[1]

At the time of the 2004 election, there were 58,205 people enrolled to vote in Lingiari, making it one of the least populous divisions in Australia. Lingiari has the largest Indigenous population in Australia; as of the 2013 election, 42.7 percent of the population was Indigenous.


Image Member Party Term Notes
    Warren Snowdon
Labor 10 November 2001
11 April 2022
Previously held the Division of Northern Territory. Served as minister under Rudd and Gillard. Retired
    Marion Scrymgour
Labor 21 May 2022
Previously held the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly seat of Arafura. Incumbent

Election resultsEdit

2022 Australian federal election: Lingiari[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Marion Scrymgour 16,747 36.56 −8.24
Country Liberal Damien Ryan 15,893 34.69 −2.22
Greens Blair McFarland 5,018 10.95 +2.71
One Nation Tim Gallard 2,470 5.39 +5.39
Liberal Democrats George Kasparek 1,948 4.25 +4.25
United Australia Allan McLeod 1,882 4.11 +1.29
Independent Michael Gravener 948 2.07 +2.07
Australian Citizens Thong Sum Lee 497 1.08 +1.08
Independent Imelda Adamson Agars 409 0.89 +0.89
Total formal votes 45,812 92.63 −2.32
Informal votes 3,647 7.37 +2.32
Turnout 49,459 66.83 −6.02
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Marion Scrymgour 23,339 50.95 −4.51
Country Liberal Damien Ryan 22,473 49.05 +4.51
Labor hold Swing −4.51
Primary vote results in Lingiari (Parties that never received 5% of the vote are omitted)
  Country Liberal
  One Nation
  Shooters, Fishers, Farmers
  Australian Democrats
Two-candidate-preferred results in Solomon


  1. ^ a b c "Profile of the electoral division of Lingiari (NT)". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Lingiari (Key Seat) - Federal Electorate, Candidates, Results". abc.net.au. Retrieved 29 May 2022.
  3. ^ Muller, Damon (14 November 2017). "The process of federal redistributions: a quick guide". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 19 April 2022.
  4. ^ Lingiari, NT, 2022 Tally Room, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 19°24′58″S 133°21′47″E / 19.416°S 133.363°E / -19.416; 133.363