Northern Territory general election, 2008

Northern Territory general election, 2008
Northern Territory general election, 2008
Northern Territory
2005 ←
9 August 2008 (2008-08-09)
→ 2012

23 (of the 25) seats of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly
  First party Second party
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Leader Paul Henderson Terry Mills
Party Labor Country Liberal Party
Leader since 26 November 2007 29 January 2008
Leader's seat Wanguri Blain
Last election 19 seats 4 seats
Seats won 13 seats 11 seats
Seat change decrease6 increase7
Popular vote 39,415 40,614
Percentage 49.3% 50.7%
Swing decrease9.8 increase9.8

Chief Minister before election

Paul Henderson

Elected Chief Minister

Paul Henderson

General elections were held in the Northern Territory of Australia on 9 August 2008.[1] 23 of the 25 seats in the Legislative Assembly were contested; two safe Labor seats were uncontested. The incumbent centre-left Australian Labor Party (ALP), led by Chief Minister Paul Henderson won a narrow third term victory against the opposition centre-right Country Liberal Party (CLP), led by Terry Mills. Labor suffered a massive and unexpected swing against it, to hold a one seat majority in the new parliament.[2][3][4]



NT Legislative Assembly (IRV) — Turnout 75.7% (CV) — Informal 4.1% [5][6]
  Party Votes % Swing Seats Change
  Australian Labor Party 34,557 43.2 −8.8 13 −6
  Country Liberal Party 36,334 45.4 +9.7 11 +7
  NT Greens 3,442 4.3 +0.1 0 0
  Independents 5,696 7.1 −1.0 1 −1
  Total 80,029     25
  Australian Labor Party 39,415 49.3 −9.8 13 −6
  Country Liberal Party 40,614 50.7 +9.8 11 +7

Independents: Gerry Wood

Two safe seats were won by the ALP by default as no CLP or other candidate was fielded. The Greens ran in six of the 25 seats, averaging around 16 percent.[7] Minister for Natural Resources, Environment and Heritage, Minister for Parks and Wildlife Len Kiely was defeated as was Minister for Sport and Recreation, Corporate and Information Services Matthew Bonson.


The first territory election for the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly in 1974 saw the CLP led by Goff Letts win 17 of 19 seats on 49 per cent of the vote, while the ALP did not win a seat, on 30 per cent.[8] The CLP retained government under various leaders at each election until 2001, when the ALP led by Clare Martin unexpectedly won government, with 13 of 25 seats. The Martin-led ALP retained government in 2005 on 19 of 25 seats, leaving the CLP with four, the largest result since 1974. Clare Martin resigned as Chief Minister on the 26 November 2007, along with her Deputy Syd Stirling. Paul Henderson the then Minister for Employment, Education and Training took over as Chief Minister with Marion Scrymgour as Deputy, who was the highest ranking indigenous politician in Australia.

Key dates

  • Issue of writ: 22 July
  • Close of roll: 8pm 24 July
  • Close of nominations: 12 noon 28 July
  • Postal voting commences: 31 July
  • Pre-poll voting commences: 4 August
  • Polling Day: 9 August

Retiring members

The following members did not seek another term at the election.


Country Liberal



Sitting members are in bold. Successful candidates are highlighted in the relevant colour.

Electorate Held By Labor Candidate CLP Candidate Greens Candidate Independent Candidates
Arafura Labor Marion Scrymgour Tristan Mungatopi
Angie Seibert
Jone Lotu
Araluen CLP John Gaynor Jodeen Carney Linda Chellew
Arnhem Labor Malarndirri McCarthy
Barkly Labor Gerry McCarthy Mick Adams Randall Gould
Barry Nattrass
Blain CLP Ken Vowles Terry Mills
Braitling Independent Aaron Dick Adam Giles Jane Clark Eli Melky
Brennan Labor James Burke Peter Chandler
Casuarina Labor Kon Vatskalis Gary Haslett
Daly Labor Rob Knight Wayne Connop David Pollock August Stevens
Drysdale CLP Chris Natt Ross Bohlin Justin Tutty
Fannie Bay Labor Michael Gunner Garry Lambert
Fong Lim Labor Matthew Bonson Dave Tollner
Goyder CLP Ted Warren Kezia Purick
Greatorex CLP Jo Nixon Matt Conlan Lenny Aronsten
Johnston Labor Chris Burns Jo Sangster
Karama Labor Delia Lawrie Tony Bacus Dorothy Fox
Natalie Hunter
Katherine CLP Sharon Hillen Willem Westra Van Holthe Toni Tapp Coutts
Macdonnell Labor Alison Anderson
Nelson Independent Justine Luders-Searle Maureen Kohlman Gerry Wood
Nhulunbuy Labor Lynne Walker Djwalpi Marika
Nightcliff Labor Jane Aagaard Peter Manning Emma Young
Port Darwin Labor Kerry Sacilotto John Elferink Gary Abbott
Sanderson Labor Len Kiely Peter Styles
Stuart Labor Karl Hampton Rex Granites Japanangka
Wanguri Labor Paul Henderson Kerry Kyriacou Duncan Dean

Seats changing hands

Seat Pre-2008 Swing Post-2008
Party Member Margin Margin Member Party
Braitling   Independent Loraine Braham 0.9 N/A 23.6* Adam Giles Country Liberal  
Brennan   Labor James Burke 1.8 3.4 2.7 Peter Chandler Country Liberal  
Drysdale**   Labor Chris Natt 1.3 9.6 10.1 Ross Bohlin Country Liberal  
Fong Lim   Labor notional - new seat N/A 13.7 2.2 David Tollner Country Liberal  
Goyder**   Labor Ted Warren 1.6 7.4 7.9 Kezia Purick Country Liberal  
Port Darwin   Labor Kerry Sacilotto 1.1 5.0 3.0 John Elferink Country Liberal  
Sanderson   Labor Len Kiely 8.4 17.4 7.4 Peter Styles Country Liberal  
  • Members in italics did not contest their seat at this election.
  • *Braitling's second figure is CLP vs. Labor
  • **Due to boundary changes, Drysdale and Goyder were notionally CLP at the time of this election. However, as they were held by members of the ALP at this time, they are still included in this table.


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