Katherine by-election, 2003

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A by-election for the seat of Katherine in the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly was held on 4 October 2003. The by-election was triggered by the resignation of Country Liberal Party (CLP) member Mike Reed, a former Deputy Chief Minister. The seat had been held by Reed since its creation in 1987.

The CLP selected Fay Miller, the owner of Red Gum Tourist Park, as its candidate. The Labor candidate was Sharon Hillen, while three independent candidates contested, including the mayor of Katherine, Jim Forscutt.


Katherine by-election, 2003
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Country Liberal Fay Miller 1,231 41.9 -10.3
Labor Sharon Hillen 955 32.5 +6.5
Independent Jim Forscutt 524 17.8 +17.8
Independent Markus Bader 120 4.1 +4.1
Independent Peter Byers 111 3.8 +3.8
Total formal votes 2,941 95.7
Informal votes 133 4.3
Turnout 3,074 75.8
Two-party-preferred result
Country Liberal Fay Miller 1,596 54.3
Labor Sharon Hillen 1,345 45.7
Country Liberal hold Swing

Preferences were not counted to completion at the 2001 election, so no two-party preferred swing figures are available.