Northern Territory general election, 1974

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Northern Territory general election, 1974
Northern Territory
19 October 1974 (1974-10-19) 1977 →

All 19 seats of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly
  First party
Leader Goff Letts
Party Country Liberal
Leader's seat Victoria River
Seats won 17 seats
Percentage 49.0%

Elected Majority Leader

Goff Letts
Country Liberal

The first general election for the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly was held in the Northern Territory on Saturday 19 October 1974, and was won by the Country Liberal Party (CLP), formed a few months earlier from the merger of the territorial Country and Liberal parties.

The CLP won 49.01% of the vote, the Australian Labor Party won 30.46% and independent candidates won 20.54%. The Country Liberals took 17 of the 19 assembly seats. The other two were held by independents; Dawn Lawrie won the seat of Nightcliff, and Ron Withnall won the seat of Port Darwin. Despite finishing second in the vote count, Labor was not represented in the assembly.

As the territory was still being prepared for self-government, Country Liberal Leader Goff Letts took the post of Majority Leader, while a seven-person "executive" managed internal affairs.


Northern Territory general election, 19 October 1974[1]
Legislative Assembly
1977 >>

Enrolled voters 39,027
Votes cast 29,428 Turnout 75.4%
Informal votes 1,493 Informal 5.1%
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes  % Swing Seats Change
  Country Liberal 13,690 49.0% 17 + 17
  Labor 8,508 30.5% 0 ± 0
  Independent 5,737 20.5% 2 + 2
Total 27,935     19  


Successful candidates are highlighted in the relevant colour.

Electorate Labor Candidate CLP Candidate Independent Candidates
Alice Springs Jean Leunig Bernie Kilgariff Alan Gray
Arnhem Elizabeth Pearce Rupert Kentish
Barkly Eric Marks Ian Tuxworth
Casuarina Allan Dunstan Nick Dondas Robert McGahey
Dudley Orr
Elsey Kevin Frazer Les MacFarlane Leslie James
James Martin
Fannie Bay James Bowditch Grant Tambling Eleanor Fisher
John McCormack
Gillen Peter Leunig Jim Robertson
Jingili Thomas Bell Paul Everingham
Ludmilla Hazel Robertson Roger Steele Edward D'Ambrosio
Brian Smith
Grahame Stewart
William Sullivan
Macdonnell Dave Pollock Bruce Breaden
Malcolm Wolf
Millner Jack Hunt Roger Ryan William Forrest
John Quinn
Nhulunbuy John Flynn Milton Ballantyne William Hendry
Nightcliff Edward Ellis Alfred Hooper Dawn Lawrie
Port Darwin James Gallacher William Jettner Brian Manning
Ron Withnall*
Sanderson Mark Phelan Liz Andrew Alexander Allan-Stewart
Herbert Sinclair
Stuart Harry Nelson Roger Vale Reginald Harris
Stuart Park Geoffrey Loveday Marshall Perron William Fisher
John McNamee
Tiwi John Nixon Hyacinth Tungutalum Peter Lawrence
Robert Oaten
Noel Padgham-Purich
Lou Stewart
Victoria River Goff Letts Wiyendji Nunggula
Charles Renfrey


  1. ^ Wade-Marshall, Dean Jaensch, Deborah (1994). Point of order! : the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory 1974-1994. Darwin: Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory. ISBN 0731520769. 

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