Electoral division of Nightcliff

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Northern TerritoryLegislative Assembly
NT electorates - Nightcliff.png
Location of Nightcliff in the Darwin/Palmerston area
Territory Northern Territory
Created 1974
MP Natasha Fyles
Party Australian Labor Party
Namesake Nightcliff
Electors 4,797 (2012)
Area 14 km2 (5.4 sq mi)
Demographic Urban

Nightcliff is an electoral division of the Legislative Assembly in Australia's Northern Territory. It was first created in 1974, and takes its name from the suburb of the same name. Nightcliff is one of the smallest electorates in the Territory, covering only 3.37 km² and taking in the suburb of Nightcliff, most of Rapid Creek and a small area of Coconut Grove. There were 4,797 people enrolled in the electorate as of August 2012.

Nightcliff has tended to be somewhat marginal, with incumbent members generally holding the seat for several years. It was one of only two electorates not held by the Country Liberal Party in the first parliament, but was won upon the retirement of independent Dawn Lawrie by the Country Liberal Party's Stephen Hatton, who later went on to become Chief Minister of the Territory. Hatton retired in 2001, and while Nightcliff was not a particularly safe CLP seat, it was widely expected that Hatton's son Jason would succeed him. However, he was unexpectedly defeated by Australian Labor Party candidate Jane Aagaard on a large swing that, after preferences, made Nightcliff technically a safe Labor seat. Aagaard served a controversial stint as Health Minister and was ultimately axed from the ministry altogether, which led some commentators to suggest that she may lose her seat at the 2005 election. Despite this, she had very little difficulty holding the seat; after preferences she actually picked up a healthy swing of 8.5 percent, with almost double the votes of the CLP challenger.

Aagaard retired in 2012, and despite a swing against Labor at that year's election, the seat was held for the party by winning candidate Natasha Fyles.

Members for Nightcliff[edit]

Member Party Term
  Dawn Lawrie Independent 1974–1983
  Stephen Hatton Country Liberal 1983–2001
  Jane Aagaard Labor 2001–2012
  Natasha Fyles Labor 2012–present

Election results[edit]

Northern Territory general election, 2012: Nightcliff[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labor Natasha Fyles 1,389 35.7 −7.3
Country Liberal Kim Loveday 1,260 32.4 −0.9
Independent Stuart Blanch 722 18.5 +18.5
Greens Owen Gale 263 6.8 −17.0
Independent Peter Rudge 170 4.4 +4.4
Sex Party Felicity Wardle 74 1.9 +1.9
Independent Andrew Arthur 16 0.4 +0.4
Total formal votes 3,894 96.6 −0.3
Informal votes 136 3.4 +0.3
Turnout 4,030 84.0 +5.2
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Natasha Fyles 2,304 59.2 −1.5
Country Liberal Kim Loveday 1,590 40.8 +1.5
Labor hold Swing −1.5


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