Electoral division of Daly

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Northern TerritoryLegislative Assembly
NT electorates - Daly.png
Electoral division of Daly (dark green)
in the Northern Territory
Territory Northern Territory
Created 2001
MP Gary Higgins
Party Country Liberal Party
Namesake Daly River
Electors 5,329 (2012)
Area 81,818 km2 (31,590.1 sq mi)
Demographic Remote

Daly is an electoral division of the Legislative Assembly in Australia's Northern Territory. It was created in 2001, and takes its name from the Daly River region which lies at the heart of the electorate. Daly covers some 81,818 km², encompassing the towns of Adelaide River, Acacia Hills, Batchelor, Dundee, Nauiyu Nambiyu, Pine Creek, Timber Creek and Wadeye. There were 5,329 people enrolled in the electorate as of August 2012.

Daly is the newest electorate in the Northern Territory, having only been created in 2001. It replaced the Victoria River electorate, which had been abolished when its namesake was moved out of the electorate by a redistribution. While Victoria River had been held by the Australian Labor Party in the past, Daly appeared on paper to be a safe seat for the Country Liberal Party, having been held easily by then-member Tim Baldwin. However, he retired at the 2005 election. While the CLP candidate, Debbi Aloisi, was widely predicted to succeed him, she was ultimately defeated by ALP candidate Rob Knight. In the lead-up to the election, there had been almost no suggestion that Knight had any chance of defeating Aloisi. However, on election night the CLP primary vote almost halved, and Knight won on a two-party swing of 24.6 percent—almost unheard of in Australian politics—and turned Daly from a safe CLP seat into a safe Labor seat in one stroke. Knight actually took the seat without the need for preferences. He was re-elected in 2008, but was defeated by CLP candidate Gary Higgins in 2012.

Members for Daly[edit]

Member Party Term
  Tim Baldwin Country Liberal 2001–2005
  Rob Knight Labor 2005–2012
  Gary Higgins Country Liberal 2012–present

Election results[edit]

Northern Territory general election, 2012: Daly[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Country Liberal Gary Higgins 1,892 51.1 +14.2
Labor Rob Knight 1,445 39.0 −7.9
Greens David Pollock 187 5.1 −3.8
First Nations Bill Risk 109 2.9 +2.9
Trevor Jenkins 68 1.8 +1.8
Total formal votes 3,701 94.5 −0.8
Informal votes 214 5.5 +0.8
Turnout 3,915 73.5 −0.5
Two-party-preferred result
Country Liberal Gary Higgins 2,025 54.7 +10.5
Labor Rob Knight 1,676 45.3 −10.5
Country Liberal gain from Labor Swing −4.9


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