Electoral division of Johnston

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Northern TerritoryLegislative Assembly
NT Electorates 2016 - Johnston.png
Location of Johnston in the Darwin/Palmerston area
TerritoryNorthern Territory
MPKen Vowles
PartyLabor Party
NamesakeEric Johnston
Electors4,983 (2016)
Area4 km2 (1.5 sq mi)

Johnston is an electoral division of the Legislative Assembly in Australia's Northern Territory. It was first created in 2001, replacing the abolished Jingili electorate, and is named after Commodore Eric Johnston, a former Administrator of the Northern Territory. Johnston is an urban electorate, covering only 4 km² and taking in the Darwin suburbs of Jingili, Moil, Wagaman and part of Alawa. There were 4,983 people enrolled within the electorate as of August 2016.

Johnston was essentially a reconfigured version of one of the original electorates in the Northern Territory, Jingili, which had been held by the Country Liberal Party for its entire existence and was the seat of the Territory's second head of government, Paul Everingham. At the 2001 election, however, the CLP member for Jingili, Steve Balch, was defeated by Labor Party challenger Dr Chris Burns. Burns' victory was part of an unexpected Labor wave that swept through Darwin, allowing Labor to win government in the Territory for the first time. The area's CLP voting history led many commentators to suggest that it was likely to revert to the CLP at the 2005 election. As it turned out, Burns was re-elected easily amid that year's Labor landslide, with a substantially increased majority—although not as much as in similar electorates nearby. Burns retired at the 2012 election, and the seat was retained for Labor by former cricketer Ken Vowles with only a small swing against Labor. Vowles consolidated his hold on the seat amid Labor's massive landslide in 2016, and now sits on a majority of 14.7 percent.

Members for Johnston[edit]

Member Party Term
  Chris Burns Labor 2001–2012
  Ken Vowles Labor 2012–present

Election results[edit]

2016 Northern Territory general election: Johnston[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Ken Vowles 2,019 51.4 +3.6
Country Liberal Steven Klose 1,234 31.4 −7.6
Greens Melanie Ross 676 17.2 +9.3
Total formal votes 3,929 98.1 +1.6
Informal votes 77 1.9 −1.6
Turnout 4,006 80.4 +0.8
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Ken Vowles 2,453 64.7 +8.1
Country Liberal Steven Klose 1,339 35.3 −8.1
Labor hold Swing +8.1


  1. ^ Johnston – Electorate summary, Northern Territory Electoral Commission, 9 September 2016

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Coordinates: 12°23′20″S 130°52′45″E / 12.38889°S 130.87917°E / -12.38889; 130.87917