Electoral division of Sanderson

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Northern TerritoryLegislative Assembly
NT Electorates 2016 - Sanderson.png
Location of Sanderson in the Darwin/Palmerston area
TerritoryNorthern Territory
MPKate Worden
PartyLabor Party
NamesakeFrederick James Sanderson
Electors5,546 (2016)
Area6 km2 (2.3 sq mi)

Sanderson is an electoral division of the Legislative Assembly in Australia's Northern Territory. It was first created in 1974, and derives its name from the name initially given to the area in 1879, before its division into suburbs. Sanderson is an urban electorate, covering 5.51 km² and taking in the Darwin suburbs of Anula, Marrara, Wulagi and part of Malak. There were 5,546 people enrolled in the electorate as of August 2016.

Sanderson is a bellwether seat that has only tended to change hands at times of major political change in the Territory. It was initially won by the Country Liberal Party's Liz Andrew in 1974, when the CLP won all but two seats in the Assembly (both of which went to independents). However, Andrew was defeated by the Labor Party's June D'Rozario when the ALP swept into the Assembly in 1977, taking several seats. D'Rozario held the seat until 1983, she was swept by the CLP's Daryl Manzie amid the massive CLP landslide of that year. Manzie was a popular incumbent, and held the seat relatively easily until his retirement in 2001.

Sanderson then reverted to the ALP in 2001, when Len Kiely was swept into office amid Labor's sweep of north Darwin. The seat was targeted by the CLP at the 2005 election as one they hoped to win back, but Kiely had little difficulty winning a second term amidst a massive territory-wide swing to the ALP. He was defeated in 2008 by Peter Styles, who became only the second opposition MP in the seat's history. Styles retained the seat in 2012 amid the CLP victory of that year, despite a small swing to the ALP. In the 2016 election, Styles was heavily defeated by Labor's Kate Worden on a swing of over 13 percent amid the CLP's collapse in Darwin.

Members for Sanderson[edit]

Member Party Term
  Liz Andrew Country Liberal 1974–1977
  June D'Rozario Labor 1977–1983
  Daryl Manzie Country Liberal 1983–2001
  Len Kiely Labor 2001–2008
  Peter Styles Country Liberal 2008–2016
  Kate Worden Labor 2016–present

Election results[edit]

2016 Northern Territory general election: Sanderson[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labor Kate Worden 2,323 52.3 +9.3
Country Liberal Peter Styles 1,573 35.4 −15.5
Independent Andrew Arthur 331 7.4 +7.4
1 Territory Trudi Andersson 135 3.0 +3.0
Independent Thomas Lynch 81 1.8 +1.8
Total formal votes 4,443 98.6 +1.5
Informal votes 63 1.4 −1.5
Turnout 4,506 81.2 −1.3
Two-party-preferred result
Labor Kate Worden 2,578 60.5 +13.6
Country Liberal Peter Styles 1,680 39.5 −13.6
Labor gain from Country Liberal Swing +13.6


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

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