Division of Solomon

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Solomon
Australian House of Representatives Division
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Division of Solomon (green) within the Northern Territory
Created 2000
MP Natasha Griggs
Party Country Liberal
Namesake Vaiben Solomon
Electors 63,267 (2013)
Area 337 km2 (130.1 sq mi)
Demographic Inner Metropolitan

The Division of Solomon is an Australian Electoral Division in the Northern Territory. It is largely coextensive with the Darwin/Palmerston metropolitan area. The only other division in the territory, the Division of Lingiari, covers the remainder of the territory.

The division was one of the two established when the former Division of Northern Territory was redistributed on 21 December 2000. It is named for Hon Vaiben Solomon, a Premier of South Australia, a delegate to the second Constitutional convention and member of the first Australian Parliament. He represented the Northern Territory in the South Australian House of Assembly, when it was still part of that state.

The Division was first contested at the 2001 federal election. For most of its history, it has been a marginal seat. Although the Darwin-Palmerston area has historically been a stronghold for the Country Liberal Party at the territorial level, recent gains by Labor have made it much more competitive.

The CLP's David Tollner held the seat for its first two terms of existence before narrowly losing it to Labor's Damian Hale in 2007. At the 2010 election, the CLP's Natasha Griggs won the seat back for the Coalition with a 1.75 percent two-party margin, becoming the first opposition MP in the seat's history. Griggs was reelected in 2013 as the Coalition won government.

Members[edit]

Member Party Term
  David Tollner Country Liberal 2001–2007
  Damian Hale Labor 2007–2010
  Natasha Griggs Country Liberal 2010–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: Solomon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Country Liberal Natasha Griggs 23,875 44.69 −1.68
Labor Luke Gosling 18,929 35.43 −0.65
Greens Todd Williams 4,269 7.99 −5.30
Palmer United Stephen Spain 2,691 5.04 +5.04
Sex Party Krystal Metcalf 1,847 3.46 +3.46
Voluntary Euthanasia Martin Burgess 597 1.12 +1.12
Rise Up Australia Paul Sellick 527 0.99 +0.99
First Nations Eileen Cummings 470 0.88 +0.88
CEC Trudy Campbell 217 0.41 −0.90
Total formal votes 53,422 94.70 −0.24
Informal votes 2,991 5.30 +0.24
Turnout 56,413 89.17 −0.45
Two-party-preferred result
Country Liberal Natasha Griggs 27,461 51.40 −0.35
Labor Luke Gosling 25,961 48.60 +0.35
Country Liberal hold Swing −0.35

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Coordinates: 12°25′23″S 130°56′10″E / 12.423°S 130.936°E / -12.423; 130.936