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General elections were held in the Northern
Territory of Australia on 9 August 2008. 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
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.
Two safe seats were won by the ALP as no CLP candidate was
fielded. The Greens ran in six of the 25 seats, averaging around 16
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
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. 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.
- 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
The following members did not seek another term at the
Sitting members are in bold.