Electoral division of Stuart
Northern Territory—Legislative Assembly
|Party||Country Liberal Party|
|Namesake||John McDouall Stuart|
|Area||383,859 km2 (148,208.8 sq mi)|
Stuart is an electoral division of the Legislative Assembly in Australia's Northern Territory. Named after explorer John McDouall Stuart, it was initially created in 1947 as one of the five inaugural electoral divisions of the Northern Territory Legislative Council. It is a large rural electorate encompassing much of the western Territory, covering 383,859 km² and taking in the towns of Dagaragu, Lajamanu, Willowra, Yuendumu, and part of the north-eastern side of Alice Springs. There were 4,706 people enrolled in the electorate as of August 2012.
It was originally easily held by the Country Liberal Party, but became a safe Labor seat when a 1983 redistribution removed most of the Alice Springs area of the electorate. As a result of the redistribution, the CLP sitting member, Roger Vale shifted to the then-new seat of Braitling, and Labor held it without interruption for the next 30 years. It was held by one-time Opposition Leader Brian Ede from 1983 to 1996, and former Attorney-General Peter Toyne from 1996 to 2006. Toyne was succeeded in a 2006 by-election by indigenous policy advisor Karl Hampton.
Hampton easily retained the seat in 2008, but in the 2012 election, he was opposed by CLP star candidate and indigenous activist Bess Price, who is also Hampton's aunt. Hampton's primary vote more than halved, and Price defeated him on a two-party swing of 18.6 percent amid the ALP's meltdown in the remote portions of the Territory.
Members for Stuart
|Roger Vale||Country Liberal||1974–1983|
|Bess Price||Country Liberal||2012–present|
|Northern Territory general election, 2012: Stuart|
|Country Liberal||Bess Price||1,291||46.4||+11.5|
|First Nations||Maurie Ryan||456||16.4||+16.4|
|Total formal votes||2,782||94.1||−1.5|
|Country Liberal||Bess Price||1,489||53.5||+18.6|
|Country Liberal gain from Labor||Swing||+18.6|