|Leader of the Opposition (Northern Territory)|
29 August 2012 – 20 April 2015
|Preceded by||Terry Mills|
|Succeeded by||Michael Gunner|
|Member of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly
18 August 2001
|Preceded by||Mick Palmer|
|Born||Delia Phoebe Lawrie
30 July 1966
Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
|Political party||Australian Labor Party|
|Relations||Dawn Lawrie (mother)|
Delia Phoebe Lawrie (born 30 July 1966) is an Australian politician. She is a Labor member of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly, having held the seat of Karama since the 2001 election. She served as the Leader of the Opposition from 2012 to 2015.
Born in the original Darwin Hospital, she attended Nightcliff Primary and Nightcliff High School. She then worked as a journalist and then as an industrial officer before entering Parliament.
Lawrie served as Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice in the Henderson ministry under Chief Minister Paul Henderson. Following 25 August 2012 territory elections at which Labor was defeated, Henderson resigned as party leader and Lawrie was elected as his replacement.
In 2012, the Henderson Labor government granted Unions NT a rent-free ten-year lease of the historic Stella Maris site in Darwin. An inquiry into the circumstances of the grant was initiated by the CLP government after the 2012 territory election, and commissioner John Lawler found that the process was not transparent, and that the conduct of Lawrie (then treasurer) and Gerry McCarthy (then lands minister) in relation to the grant was "not accountable or responsible". Lawrie claimed she had been denied procedural fairness, and took the case to the NT Supreme Court, which dismissed her case on 1 April 2015. Attorney-general John Elferink then referred Lawrie to the Northern Territory Police for investigation of "possible breaches of the criminal law". After the failure of the Supreme Court case, the Labor caucus announced it had lost confidence in Lawrie's leadership, and passed a spill motion, although she resigned as leader on 19 April to concentrate on the upcoming legal challenge, and was replaced by Michael Gunner.
She declined a place in the shadow ministry of her successor Michael Gunner and becomes the only backbench member of the eight-member ALP Caucus.
- The Hon. Delia Phoebe LAWRIE MLA, Parliament@Work.
- "Ex-NT chief minister takes backbench role". ninemsn.com.au. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
- Di Stefano, Mark (23 June 2014). "Inquiry finds gifting of Darwin's Stella Maris site to Unions NT 'not transparent', recommends claim on site be relinquished". ABC News. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
- Smee, Ben (1 April 2015). "Opposition leader Delia Lawrie has lost her NT Supreme court Case against Stella Maris lawyer John Lawler". The NT News. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
- "Delia Lawrie: NT Labor leader being investigated by police for 'possible breaches of the criminal law'". ABC News. 18 April 2015. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
- "Delia Lawrie: NT Opposition Leader resigns in face of police investigation, Michael Gunner takes over". ABC News. 10 April 2015. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
- Karama, Northern Territory Votes 2012, ABC.
|Northern Territory Legislative Assembly|
|Member for Karama
|Leader of the Opposition
|Party political offices|
|Leader of the Australian Labor Party in the Northern Territory
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