Ian Tuxworth

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Ian Tuxworth
2nd Chief Minister of the Northern Territory
In office
17 October 1984 – 10 May 1986
Deputy Nick Dondas
Preceded by Paul Everingham
Succeeded by Stephen Hatton
Personal details
Born (1942-06-18) 18 June 1942 (age 76)
Wollongong, New South Wales
Nationality Australian
Political party NT Nationals
Other political
Country Liberal Party
Cabinet Tuxworth Ministry

Ian Lindsay Tuxworth (born 18 June 1942) is an Australian politician, who was Chief Minister of the Northern Territory of Australia from 17 October 1984 until he resigned on 10 May 1986.[1] He then resigned from the Country Liberal Party and formed the NT Nationals Party.[1]

At the 1987 election he was elected as an NT Nationals member in his seat of Barkly by a margin of 19 votes. His victory was annulled by the Court of Disputed Returns after a successful challenge from losing independent candidate Maggie Hickey. On 5 September 1987, he won a by-election, again defeating Hickey, who was now representing the Australian Labor Party (ALP).[2] After a redistribution turned Barkly into a nominally Labor-held seat, Tuxworth stood unsuccessfully in the seat of Goyder in the 1990 election.[3]

Tuxworth and Jodeen Carney are the only CLP leaders who have never led the party to an election.

Member of the Legislative Assembly[edit]

Tuxworth was elected as member for Barkly, including the town of Tennant Creek, in the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly when it was first created in 1974. While representative for Barkley he was instrumental in facilitating the government support for the construction of the Mary Ann Dam north of the town of Tennant Creek. He held the seat for 16 years until 1990.

Early life in Tennant Creek[edit]

Tuxworth's family moved to Tennant Creek in 1951.[4] He was educated at the Tennant Creek Primary School, and later at Rostrevor College in Adelaide, South Australia. Tuxworth's father was Lindsay Tuxworth and mother Hilda Elsie Tuxworth who later documented the history of the area in the book "Tennant Creek - Yesterday and Today".[5] Before entering politics, Tuxworth was a local business man in the town of Tennant Creek. With his father Lindsay and brother Robert (Bob), he started a soft drink factory on Paterson Street in Tennant Creek called Crystal Waters which was later sold to the Coca-Cola Company. Tuxworth also played baseball and was part of the 1975 NORTH AUST. KRIEWALDT TEAM.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Premiers Past". ABC Radio National. 2007-01-17. Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
  2. ^ Antony Green (14 August 2008). "Barkly". 2008 Northern Territory Election. ABC News. Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
  3. ^ Alex Nelson (6 April 2005). "What Future for Baritling After the Next Election?". Alice Springs News. Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
  4. ^ "New NT Chief Minister denies wowser image - The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) - 18 Oct 1984". Trove. Retrieved 2016-08-27. 
  5. ^ Tuxworth, Hilda (1978), Tennant Creek yesterday and today / by Hilda Tuxworth, H. Tuxworth 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 February 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2015. 
Northern Territory Legislative Assembly
New assembly Member for Barkly
Succeeded by
Maggie Hickey
Political offices
Preceded by
Paul Everingham
Chief Minister of the Northern Territory
Succeeded by
Stephen Hatton
Party political offices
Preceded by
Paul Everingham
Leader of the Country Liberal Party
Succeeded by
Stephen Hatton