Division of Solomon
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Solomon (green) within the Northern Territory
|Namesake||Vaiben Louis Solomon|
|Area||337 km2 (130.1 sq mi)|
The Division of Solomon is an Australian Electoral Division in the Northern Territory. It is largely coextensive with the Darwin/Palmerston metropolitan area. The only other division in the territory, the Division of Lingiari, covers the remainder of the territory.
The division was one of the two established when the former Division of Northern Territory was redistributed on 21 December 2000. It is named for Hon Vaiben Louis Solomon, a Premier of South Australia, a delegate to the second Constitutional convention and member of the first Australian Parliament. He represented the Northern Territory in the South Australian House of Assembly, when it was still part of that state.
The Division was first contested at the 2001 federal election. For most of its history, it has been a marginal seat. Although the Darwin-Palmerston area has historically been a stronghold for the Country Liberal Party at the territorial level, recent gains by Labor have made it much more competitive.
The CLP's David Tollner held the seat for its first two terms of existence before narrowly losing it to Labor's Damian Hale in 2007. At the 2010 election, the CLP's Natasha Griggs won the seat back for the Coalition with a 1.75 percent two-party margin, becoming the first opposition MP in the seat's history. Griggs was reelected in 2013 as the Coalition won government.
|David Tollner||Country Liberal||2001–2007|
|Natasha Griggs||Country Liberal||2010–present|
|Australian federal election, 2013: Solomon|
|Country Liberal||Natasha Griggs||23,875||44.69||−1.68|
|Palmer United||Stephen Spain||2,691||5.04||+5.04|
|Sex Party||Krystal Metcalf||1,847||3.46||+3.46|
|Voluntary Euthanasia||Martin Burgess||597||1.12||+1.12|
|Rise Up Australia||Paul Sellick||527||0.99||+0.99|
|First Nations||Eileen Cummings||470||0.88||+0.88|
|Total formal votes||53,422||94.70||−0.24|
|Country Liberal||Natasha Griggs||27,461||51.40||−0.35|
|Country Liberal hold||Swing||−0.35|