Electoral division of Stuart
Northern Territory—Legislative Assembly
Stuart in the Northern Territory
|Namesake||John McDouall Stuart|
|Area||383,859 km2 (148,208.8 sq mi)|
Stuart is an electoral division of the Legislative Assembly in Australia's Northern Territory. Named after Scottish explorer John McDouall Stuart, it was initially created in 1947 as one of the five inaugural electoral divisions of the Northern Territory Legislative Council. It is an almost entirely rural electorate encompassing much of the western Territory, covering 383,859 km² and taking in the towns of Dagaragu, Lajamanu, Willowra, Yuendumu, and part of the north-eastern side of Alice Springs. There were 5,242 people enrolled in the electorate as of August 2016.
It was originally easily held by the Country Liberal Party, but became much friendlier to Labor when a 1983 redistribution removed most of the Alice Springs area of the electorate. As a result of the redistribution, sitting CLP member Roger Vale, who had held it since its creation, followed most of his Alice Springs constituents into the then-new seat of Braitling. Labor held it without interruption for the next 30 years, usually without serious difficulty. It was held by one-time Opposition Leader Brian Ede from 1983 to 1996, and former Attorney-General Peter Toyne from 1996 to 2006. Toyne was succeeded in a 2006 by-election by indigenous policy advisor Karl Hampton.
Hampton easily retained the seat in 2008, but in the 2012 election, he was opposed by CLP star candidate and indigenous activist Bess Price, who is also Hampton's aunt. Hampton's primary vote more than halved, and Price defeated him on a two-party swing of 18.6 percent amid the ALP's meltdown in the remote portions of the Territory. Price was herself swept out in the 2016 election by Labor challenger Scott McConnell on a swing of almost 31 percent—virtually unheard of in Australian politics—amid the CLP's meltdown that year. McConnell now sits on a majority of 25.4 percent, making Stuart the second-safest seat in the Territory.
Members for Stuart
|Roger Vale||Country Liberal||1974–1983|
|Bess Price||Country Liberal||2012–2016|
|Country Liberal||Bess Price||590||20.5||−26.2|
|1 Territory||Andi Bracey||119||4.1||+4.1|
|Total formal votes||2,874||98.9||+4.3|
|Country Liberal||Bess Price||690||24.6||−30.9|
|Labor gain from Country Liberal||Swing||+30.9|
- Stuart – Electorate summary, Northern Territory Electoral Commission, 2 September 2016