Northern Territory general election, 1977
All 19 seats of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly
A general election was held in the Northern Territory on Saturday 13 August 1977. Though the election was won by the incumbent Country Liberal Party (CLP), the party lost five of its seven executive members. Surprisingly, one of the casualties was Majority Leader Goff Letts—one of the few instances where a major-party leader at any level in Australia lost his own seat. The election also marked the emergence of the Australian Labor Party as a parliamentary force: Labor took six seats in the new assembly.
The Progress Party contested the elections, winning 9.76% of the primary vote across the territory, but failed to secure any assembly seats.
The Country Liberals chose Paul Everingham to succeed Letts as Majority Leader. Everingham appointed a new Executive, which included future Chief Ministers Marshall Perron and Ian Tuxworth. The following year, the Territory attained self-government. Everingham became Chief Minister, while his Executive became a Ministry with greatly expanded powers.
|Summary of votes by party|
|Country Liberal||12,769||40.1%||–8.9%||12||– 5|
Sitting members are in bold. Successful candidates are highlighted in the relevant colour.
|Electorate||Held by||Labor Candidate||CLP Candidate||Progress Candidate||Other Candidates|
|Alice Springs||CLP||Rosalie McDonald||Rod Oliver||Brian Evans|
|Arnhem||CLP||Bob Collins||Rupert Kentish||Phillip Brain|
|Barkly||CLP||Jean Havnen||Ian Tuxworth||Neville Andrews||Margaret Conway
|Casuarina||CLP||Dennis Bree||Nick Dondas||Robert Hoey|
|Elsey||CLP||Les MacFarlane||Deidre Killen||Davis Daniels
|Fannie Bay||CLP||Pam O'Neil||Grant Tambling||Edward Osgood||William Fisher|
|Gillen||CLP||John Thomas||Jim Robertson||Peter Johncock|
|Jingili||CLP||Diana Rickard||Paul Everingham||David Cooper||John McCormack
|Ludmilla||CLP||Christopher Draffin||Roger Steele||Terry Johnson|
|Macdonnell||CLP||Neville Perkins||Dave Pollock||Mark Fidler|
|Millner||CLP||Jon Isaacs||Roger Ryan||Elva Pearce|
|Nhulunbuy||CLP||Denise Fincham||Milton Ballantyne||Jacob De Vries|
|Nightcliff||Independent||Ronald Nobbs||Uldis Blums||Dawn Lawrie|
|Port Darwin||Independent||Michael Scott||Tom Harris||Ian Smith||Brian Manning
|Sanderson||CLP||June D'Rozario||Liz Andrew||Geoffrey Bennett||Kitty Fischer
|Stuart||CLP||Trevor Cutter||Roger Vale||Kenneth Kitto|
|Stuart Park||CLP||Judith Muras||Marshall Perron||Kenneth Day||Ernest Chin|
|George Ryan||Terrence O'Brien
|Victoria River||CLP||Jack Doolan||Goff Letts||Frank Favaro|
- Jaensch, Dean; Wade-Marshall, Deborah (1984). Northern Territory Electoral Atlas 1974–1984. Australian National University/Flinders University. ISBN 0959924698.