All 25 Seats in the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly
13 Assembly seats are needed for a majority
The next Northern Territory general election, which is scheduled for 22 August 2020, will elect members of the Legislative Assembly in the unicameral Northern Territory Parliament of Northern Territory, Australia. All 25 seats in the Legislative Assembly whose current members were elected at the 2016 election will become vacant. Members will be elected through full preferential instant-runoff voting in single-member electorates, after the optional preferential voting system introduced for the 2016 election was abolished by the Electoral Legislation Amendment Act 2019 in April 2019. The election will be conducted by the Northern Territory Electoral Commission, an independent body answerable to Parliament.
The incumbent centre-left Labor Party (ALP) majority government, led by Chief Minister Michael Gunner will attempt to win a second term of government, and will be challenged by the centre-right Country Liberal Party (CLP) opposition, led by Opposition Leader Lia Finocchiaro, and the newly formed Territory Alliance, led by Terry Mills.
At the 2016 election, the one-term incumbent Country Liberal Party (CLP) minority government, led by Chief Minister Adam Giles, was defeated by the Labor Party Opposition, led by Opposition Leader Michael Gunner. The CLP suffered the worst defeat of a sitting government in the history of the Territory, and one of the worst defeats of a sitting government in the history of Australia. It was the first time that a sitting Northern Territory government was defeated after only one term. From 11 seats at dissolution (and 16 at the 2012 election), the CLP suffered the worst election performance in its history, winning only two seats. Labor won 18 seats, in the process winning the third-largest majority government in Territory history. Independents won five seats. With only two members in the CLP caucus, Gary Higgins became opposition leader and CLP leader while Lia Finocchiaro became deputy CLP leader on 2 September. Although the independent MPs outnumbered the CLP MPs, on official advice the CLP was recognised as the official opposition.
Additionally, Giles lost his seat of Braitling to Labor, making him only the second Chief Minister/Majority Leader to lose their seat at an election. Along with the seat of Katherine, the election represented the first time Labor had won a seat in Alice Springs or Katherine.
With the overall result beyond doubt, Gunner had himself, Natasha Fyles, and Nicole Manison sworn in as an interim three-person government on 31 August until the full Gunner Ministry could be sworn in on 12 September.
The position of Speaker of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly has been held by CLP-turned-independent MP Kezia Purick since 23 October 2012. Despite Labor's massive majority following the 2016 election, the incoming Labor government re-appointed Purick as Speaker.
In 2018, three sitting members of the Labor party were dismissed, with the members then sitting on the Crossbench as independents. Jeff Collins later joined Territory Alliance, Ken Vowles later resigned leading to the 2020 Johnston by-election, and Scott McConnell later announced that he would not contest the election in 2020.
In March 2020, Independents Robyn Lambley and Jeff Collins joined Territory Alliance, bringing their total number of seats to three. Party leader Terry Mills then claimed opposition status, with his party holding more seats than the two held by the Country Liberal Party. CLP leader Lia Finocchiaro raised a motion under the chamber's standing orders which allowed the assembly to determine the opposition. The motion was carried, confirming the CLP as the official opposition.
The parliament has fixed four-year terms, with elections to be held on the fourth Saturday of August every four years.
A boundary redistribution for electoral divisions in the Northern Territory commenced on 27 February 2019, with the boundary commission releasing its report of the final boundaries on 4 September 2019.
|Karama||Ngaree Ah Kit||ALP||0.8 v IND|
|Johnston||Joel Bowden||ALP||2.6 (b/e)|
|Port Darwin||Paul Kirby||ALP||2.8|
|Fong Lim||Jeff Collins[a]||TA||7.8|
|Barkly||Gerry McCarthy||ALP||8.0 v IND|
|Fannie Bay||Michael Gunner||ALP||14.2|
|COUNTRY LIBERAL SEATS|
|TERRITORY ALLIANCE SEATS|
|Blain||Terry Mills||TA||1.4 v ALP|
|Araluen||Robyn Lambley||TA||8.2 v CLP|
|Nhulunbuy||Yingiya Mark Guyula||IND||0.1 v ALP|
|Nelson||Gerry Wood||IND||23.0 v CLP|
|Goyder||Kezia Purick||IND||25.3 v CLP|
a b Although these candidates won their respective districts (Fong Lim, Stuart), they were subsequently dismissed from the party by Chief Minister Michael Gunner in December 2018, making their margins unknown.