Electoral division of Daly
Northern Territory—Legislative Assembly
Daly in the Northern Territory
|Party||Country Liberal Party|
|Area||81,818 km2 (31,590.1 sq mi)|
Daly is an electoral division of the Legislative Assembly in Australia's Northern Territory. It was created in 2001, and takes its name from the Daly River region which lies at the heart of the electorate. Daly covers some 81,818 km², encompassing the towns of Adelaide River, Acacia Hills, Batchelor, Dundee, Nauiyu Nambiyu, Pine Creek, Timber Creek and Wadeye. There were 5,329 people enrolled in the electorate as of August 2012.
Daly is a relatively new electorate in the Northern Territory, having only been created in 2001. It replaced Victoria River, one of the Territory's original seats and best known as the seat of the Territory's first head of government, Goff Letts. It had been abolished when its namesake was moved out of the electorate by a redistribution. While Victoria River had been held by the Australian Labor Party in the past, Daly appeared on paper to be a safe seat for the Country Liberal Party, having been held easily by then-member Tim Baldwin. However, he retired at the 2005 election. While the CLP candidate, Debbi Aloisi, was widely predicted to succeed him, she was ultimately defeated by Labor challenger Rob Knight, who had lost badly to Baldwin in 2001. In the lead-up to the election, there had been almost no suggestion that Knight had any chance of defeating Aloisi. However, on election night the CLP primary vote almost halved, and Knight won on a two-party swing of 24.6 percent—almost unheard of in Australian politics—and turned Daly from a safe CLP seat into a safe Labor seat in one stroke. Knight actually took the seat without the need for preferences. He was re-elected in 2008, but was defeated by CLP candidate Gary Higgins in 2012.
Higgins narrowly weathered the massive Labor wave that swept through the Territory in 2016. He was one of only two CLP members returned at this election, and was named as leader of what remained of the CLP.
Members for Daly
|Tim Baldwin||Country Liberal||2001–2005|
|Gary Higgins||Country Liberal||2012–present|
|Country Liberal||Gary Higgins||1,583||42.4||−9.2|
|1 Territory||Joan Growden||246||6.6||+6.6|
|Independent||Thong Sum Lee||90||2.4||+2.4|
|Total formal votes||3,730||97.5||+3.1|
|Country Liberal||Gary Higgins||1,763||52.1||−3.1|
|Country Liberal hold||Swing||−3.1|
- Daly – Electorate summary, Northern Territory Electoral Commission, 9 September 2016