Chief Minister of the Northern Territory

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Chief Minister of the Northern Territory
Adam Giles Portrait 2015.jpg
Adam Giles

since 14 March 2013
Style The Honourable
Appointer Administrator of the Northern Territory
Term length At Her Majesty's pleasure
Formation 1974

The Chief Minister of the Northern Territory is the head of government of the Northern Territory. The office is the equivalent of a Premier in a state.

The Chief Minister is formally appointed by the Administrator, who in normal circumstances will appoint the head of whichever party holds the majority of seats in the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory. In times of constitutional crisis, the Administrator can appoint someone else as Chief Minister, however, this has never occurred.

The incumbent Chief Minister of the Northern Territory is Adam Giles, representing the Country Liberal Party. On 2 February 2015, the CLP elected Willem Westra van Holthe as its leader, who hoped to replace Giles as Chief Minister.[1] On 3 February, Giles refused to resign as Chief Minister, and the swearing-in of Westra van Holthe which had been scheduled for 11:00 local time (01:30 UTC), was delayed.[2] After a party room meeting, Giles announced that he would stay on as leader, with Westra van Holthe as his deputy.[3]

List of Chief Ministers of the Northern Territory[edit]

Chief Minister Party Period in office
  Dr Goff Letts [4] Country Liberal 1974–1977
  Paul Everingham Country Liberal 1977–1984
  Ian Tuxworth Country Liberal 1984–1986
  Stephen Hatton Country Liberal 1986–1988
  Marshall Perron Country Liberal 1988–1995
  Shane Stone Country Liberal 1995–1999
  Denis Burke Country Liberal 1999–2001
  Clare Martin Labor 2001–2007
  Paul Henderson Labor 2007–2012
  Terry Mills Country Liberal 2012–2013
  Adam Giles Country Liberal 2013–present

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dunlevie, James (3 February 2015). "Adam Giles dumped as NT chief minister in late-night coup, Willem Westra van Holthe elected leader". ABC News. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
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  3. ^ "Adam Giles remains NT chief minister". SBS News. 3 February 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  4. ^ While the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly was created in 1974, self-government was not granted until 1978. As a result, members of the executive in the first parliament (1974–1977) and the first eighteen months of the second were known by alternative titles. While Dr Goff Letts and his successor Paul Everingham were officially known as Majority Leaders, their function was effectively the same as that of a Chief Minister from 1978.

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