Kezia Purick

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The Honourable
Kezia Purick
9th Speaker of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
23 October 2012
Deputy Gary Higgins
Preceded by Jane Aagaard
Member of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly
for Goyder
Assumed office
9 August 2008
Preceded by Ted Warren
Personal details
Born Kezia Dorcas Tibisay Purick
(1958-05-12) 12 May 1958 (age 55)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Country Liberal Party
Relations Noel Padgham-Purich (mother)

Kezia Dorcas Tibisay Purick (born 12 May 1958) is an Australian politician. She is a Country Liberal Party (CLP) member of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly, having held her seat of Goyder since the 2008 election.

Purick was Shadow Minister for Major Projects, Trade and Economic Development, Planning and Lands, Housing, Statehood and Women's Policy in the Territory opposition from 2008 to 2012.[1] In addition, she was deputy leader of the CLP, and therefore Deputy Leader of the Opposition. Prior to the 2012 election, party leader Terry Mills indicated that should the party win government, Purick would remain as his deputy, and would be Deputy Chief Minister. The parliamentary wing of the party overrode Mills' preference, and Purick was replaced as deputy by Robyn Lambley, and given no ministerial roles in the cabinet.[2] When the parliament resumed on 23 October 2012, Purick was elected Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.[3]

She is the daughter of former politician Noel Padgham, who was a member of the assembly from 1977 to 1997.[4]


  1. ^ Opposition Portfolios, Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory, 2008–2012.
  2. ^ Betts, Alyssa (29 August 2012). "Mills cops flak over axed deputy". The NT News. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Rawlinson, Clare (23 October 2012). "Opening of parliament welcomes new speaker". ABC Darwin. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Kezia Purick, Territory Women, 2010.
Northern Territory Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Ted Warren
Member for Goyder
Preceded by
Jane Aagaard
Speaker of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly
Party political offices
Preceded by
Fay Miller
Deputy Leader of the Country Liberal Party
Succeeded by
Robyn Lambley