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Daly is an electoral division of the Legislative Assembly in Australia's Northern Territory. It was created in 2001, and takes its name from the Daly River region which lies at the heart of the electorate. Daly covers some 161,108.65 km², encompassing the towns of Adelaide River, Acacia Hills, Batchelor, Dundee, Nauiyu Nambiyu, Pine Creek, Timber Creek and Wadeye. There were 4707 people enrolled in the electorate as of June 2005.

Daly is the newest electorate in the Northern Territory, having only been created in 2001. It replaced the Victoria River electorate, which had been abolished when its namesake was moved out of the electorate by a redistribution. While Victoria River had been held by the Australian Labor Party in the past, Daly appeared on paper to be a safe seat for the Country Liberal Party, having been held easily by then-member Tim Baldwin. However, he retired at the 2005 election, and while the CLP candidate, Debbi Aloisi, was widely predicted to succeed him, she was ultimately defeated by ALP candidate Robert Knight. In the leadup to the election, there had been almost no suggestion that Knight had any chance of defeating Aloisi, let alone that he would win, yet on election day, he received a 30.4% swing - almost unheard of in Australian politics - and easily swept to victory.

Members for Daly

Member Party Term
  Tim Baldwin Country Liberal 2001—2005
  Robert Knight Labor 2005—present

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