Division of Northern Territory

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Northern Territory
Australian House of Representatives Division
Created 1922
Abolished 2001
Namesake Northern Territory

The Division of Northern Territory was an Australian Electoral Division in the Northern Territory. Throughout its existence, it was the only Division in the Territory.

The Division was proclaimed in 1922, with the passing of the Northern Territory Representation Act 1922, and was first contested at the 1922 federal election. However, the Member for Northern Territory did not have full voting rights until 1968, and did not count for the purpose of forming government. Before 1936, the Member could speak in the House and take part in committee work, but could not vote. Between 1936 and 1959 the Member was only able to veto motions to disallow laws made for the Territory, and between 1959 and 1968, the Member could only vote on matters relating to the Territory alone.

At the redistribution of 21 December 2000, the Division was divided into two new divisions, the Division of Solomon, which covered the area immediately around Darwin, and the Division of Lingiari, which covered the remainder of the territory. Warren Snowdon, the last member for the united division, transferred to Lingiari.

On 19 February 2003, the new Divisions were nominally abolished and the Territory returned to a single Division, but on 28 April 2004 the Parliament of Australia passed the Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Representation in the House of Representatives) Act 2004 which had the effect of leaving the Northern Territory divided into two Divisions.[1]


Member Party Term
  H. G. Nelson Labor 1922–1934
  Adair Blain Independent 1934–1949
  Jock Nelson Labor 1949–1966
  Sam Calder Country 1966–1974
  Country Liberal 1974–1980
  Grant Tambling Country Liberal 1980–1983
  John Reeves Labor 1983–1984
  Paul Everingham Country Liberal 1984–1987
  Warren Snowdon Labor 1987–1996
  Nick Dondas Country Liberal 1996–1998
  Warren Snowdon Labor 1998–2001

Election results[edit]


Coordinates: 20°0′S 133°0′E / 20.000°S 133.000°E / -20.000; 133.000