Leader of the Opposition (Northern Territory)

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The Leader of the Opposition of the Northern Territory is an official role usually occupied by the leader of the second largest party in the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly. In the event that that party or coalition wins an election, the Leader of the Opposition will most likely become the Chief Minister.[1]

While the Legislative Assembly was created in 1974, there was no parliamentary opposition for the first three-year term, as every seat was held by the government, with the exception of two that were won by independents.

# Opposition Leader[2] Party Dates in Opposition
1 Jon Isaacs ALP 21 September 1977 – 1 November 1981
2 Bob Collins ALP 2 November 1981 – 18 August 1986
3 Terry Smith ALP 19 August 1986 – 1 November 1990
4 Brian Ede ALP 2 November 1990 – 9 April 1996
5 Maggie Hickey ALP 16 April 1996 – 2 February 1999
6 Clare Martin ALP 3 February 1999 – 26 August 2001
7 Denis Burke CLP 28 August 2001 – 14 November 2003
8 Terry Mills CLP 15 November 2003 – 4 February 2005
(7) Denis Burke CLP 7 February 2005 – 17 June 2005
9 Jodeen Carney CLP 29 June 2005 – 28 January 2008
(8) Terry Mills CLP 29 January 2008 – 29 August 2012
10 Delia Lawrie ALP 29 August 2012 – 20 April 2015
11 Michael Gunner ALP 20 April 2015 – present

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schools Newsletter, Parliamentary Relations and Education Unit (Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory), June 2010.
  2. ^ Office Holders 1st–11th Assemblies, Government of the Northern Territory, 9 February 2009.