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Parliament of Northern Territory, Legislative Assembly election

Election of 9 August 2008


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General election for the Legislative Assembly
Northern Territory
Date of election (or first day of voting at elections held over more than one day)
9 August 2008

Government in office and parliamentary support before and after the election

Government in office at election

Premier in office at date of election. (check notes to see if change of Premier since previous election)
Premier's party affiliation
Australian Labor Party
Legislative Assembly support for government at election
Majority
If coalition, coalition partner(s)

Government in office after election

Premier's party affiliation
Australian Labor Party
Legislative Assembly support for government after election
Majority
If coalition, coalition partner(s)

Enrolment and voting

Total number of voters on the roll
119,814
Number of Assembly seats
25
Number of uncontested seats
2
If uncontested seats, number of voters on the roll in uncontested seats
9,525
Number of voters on the roll in contested seats
110,289
Total ballots cast (may differ from number of votes in multiple voting systems)
83,436
Turnout (rate of voting in contested seats)
75.65%
Total valid votes
80,029
Rate of informal (invalid) voting
4.08%
Informal (invalid) ballots in multiple voting system
Not applicable
Electoral system
Single member districts, preferential voting (AV), compulsory preferences, compulsory voting


Northern Territory, Legislative Assembly votes and seats won

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Election held on 9 August 2008
Criteria for the inclusion of parties in this table are set out in the Glossary under 'listed party'

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Party Name First preference vote n First preference vote share % Change from previous election % Seats won n Uncontested seats held n Seat share %
Country Liberal Party  36,334  45.40  +9.68  11  44.00 
Australian Labor Party  34,557  43.18  -8.76  13  52.00 
Independents  5,696  7.12  -1.05  4.00 
Greens  3,442  4.30  +0.14     
Votes for other than listed parties 0 0.00 0.00       
Totals 80,029  100.00    25  100.00 


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Notes

First Minister in office at election: There had been a change of Chief Minister since the previous election; after winning the 2001 and 2005 Northern Territory Legislative Assembly elections as leader of the Australian Labor Party, Martin resigned from the leadership, and Henderson was chosen by the Labor caucus to be the leader of the party. Henderson was commissioned on 27 November 2007 as First Minister of an Australian Labor Party majority government.

Independents: The vote shown for Independents at this Northern Territory Legislative Assembly election is the sum of votes cast for all candidates registered as Independents (11 candidates in 9 electoral districts). Gerry Wood was elected as the Independent member for the electoral district of Nelson.

Uncontested seats: Only one candidate was nominated for each of the Northern Territory electoral districts of Arnhem and Macdonnell; Malarndirri McCarthy was elected unopposed for the Australian Labor Party from Arnhem, and Alison Anderson was elected unopposed for the Australian Labor Party from Macdonnell. This is the first time that there have been uncontested seats in an election for the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly, and the first time for 25 years that there has been an uncontested seat for an Australian lower house election. Uncontested seats were common at Australian state and commonwealth lower house elections until the 1960s but changes in party campaign strategy has meant that there had been no uncontested seats since the 1983 election for the Western Australian Legislative Assembly. For more information and analysis, see Campbell Sharman, ‘Uncontested Seats and the Evolution of Party Competition: The Australian Case’, Party Politics, 9(6) November 2003: 679-702.

References: For a survey of this election, see Mickey Dewar, 'Northern Territory', Australian Journal of Politics and History, Australian Political Chronicle, 55 (2) June 2009: 303-309 at pp. 303-306.

Sources

Results calculated from figures provided by the Northern Territory Electoral Commission website: here [accessed 26 August 2012].



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