Electoral division of Daly
Northern Territory—Legislative Assembly
|Party||Country Liberal Party|
|Area||81,818 km2 (31,590.1 sq mi)|
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
|Tim Baldwin||Country Liberal||2001–2005|
|Gary Higgins||Country Liberal||2012–present|
|Northern Territory general election, 2012: Daly|
|Country Liberal||Gary Higgins||1,892||51.1||+14.2|
|First Nations||Bill Risk||109||2.9||+2.9|
|Total formal votes||3,701||94.5||−0.8|
|Country Liberal||Gary Higgins||2,025||54.7||+10.5|
|Country Liberal gain from Labor||Swing||−4.9|