Chief Minister of the Northern Territory
|Chief Minister of the Northern Territory|
|Appointer||Administrator of the Northern Territory|
|Term length||At Her Majesty's pleasure|
|Inaugural holder||Goff Letts|
The Chief Minister is formally appointed by the Administrator, who in normal circumstances will appoint the head of whatever party holds the majority of seats in the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory. In times of constitutional crisis, the Administrator can appoint someone else as Chief Minister. However, this has never occurred.
The incumbent Chief Minister of the Northern Territory is Adam Giles, representing the Country Liberal Party. On 2 February 2015, the CLP elected Willem Westra van Holthe as its leader, who hoped to replace Giles as Chief Minister. On 3 February, Giles refused to resign as Chief Minister, and the swearing-in of Westra van Holthe which had been scheduled for 11:00 local time (01:30 UTC), was delayed. After a party room meeting, Giles announced that he would stay on as leader, with Westra van Holthe as his deputy.
List of Chief Ministers of the Northern Territory
|Chief Minister||Party||Period in office|
|Dr Goff Letts ||Country Liberal||1974–1977|
|Paul Everingham||Country Liberal||1977–1984|
|Ian Tuxworth||Country Liberal||1984–1986|
|Stephen Hatton||Country Liberal||1986–1988|
|Marshall Perron||Country Liberal||1988–1995|
|Shane Stone||Country Liberal||1995–1999|
|Denis Burke||Country Liberal||1999–2001|
|Terry Mills||Country Liberal||2012–2013|
|Adam Giles||Country Liberal||2013–present|
- Dunlevie, James (3 February 2015). "Adam Giles dumped as NT chief minister in late-night coup, Willem Westra van Holthe elected leader". ABC News. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
- "Adam Giles remains NT chief minister". SBS News. 3 February 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2015.
- While the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly was created in 1974, self-government was not granted until 1978. As a result, members of the executive in the first parliament (1974–1977) and the first eighteen months of the second were known by alternative titles. While Dr Goff Letts and his successor Paul Everingham were officially known as Majority Leaders, their function was effectively the same as that of a Chief Minister from 1978.