Northern Territory general election, 1980

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Northern Territory general election, 1980
Northern Territory
← 1977 7 June 1980 (1980-06-07) 1983 →

All 19 seats of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly
  First party Second party
Leader Paul Everingham Jon Isaacs
Party Country Liberal Labor
Leader since 13 August 1977 21 September 1977
Leader's seat Jingili Millner
Last election 12 seats 6 seats
Seats won 11 seats 7 seats
Seat change Decrease1 Increase1
Percentage 50.0% 39.4%
Swing Increase9.9 Increase1.2

Chief Minister before election

Paul Everingham
Country Liberal

Elected Chief Minister

Paul Everingham
Country Liberal

A general election was held in the Northern Territory on Saturday June 7, 1980. It was the first to be held since self-government was attained two years earlier, and was won by the incumbent Country Liberal Party (CLP) under Chief Minister Paul Everingham.

Although the CLP's share of the vote increased by almost 10 percentage points, it lost one seat.

The only independent member of the Legislative Assembly, Dawn Lawrie, retained her seat of Nightcliff.


Northern Territory general election, 7 June 1980[1]
Legislative Assembly
<< 19771983 >>

Enrolled voters 53,218
Votes cast 41,484 Turnout 78.0% +2.1%
Informal votes 1,328 Informal 3.2% 0.0%
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes  % Swing Seats Change
  Country Liberal 28,637 50.0% +9.9% 11 – 1
  Labor 15,818 39.4% +1.2% 7 + 1
  Independent 3,251 8.1% –3.6% 1 ± 0
  Democrats 352 0.9% +0.9% 0 ± 0
  Marijuana 272 0.7% +0.7% 0 ± 0
  Progress 210 0.5% –9.3% 0 ± 0
  Christian Democrat 188 0.5% +0.5% 0 ± 0
Total 40,156     19  


Sitting members are in bold. Successful candidates are highlighted in the relevant colour.

Electorate Held by Labor Candidate CLP Candidate Other Candidates
Alice Springs CLP Ted Hampton Denis Collins Rod Oliver (Ind)
Dave Pollock (Ind)
Arnhem Labor Bob Collins Gatjil Djerrkura Mark McAleer (AMP)
Barkly CLP William Thomson Ian Tuxworth Neville Andrews (PP)
Casuarina CLP Dennis Bree Nick Dondas Klaus Roth (Dem)
Elsey CLP Maged Aboutaleb Les MacFarlane Patricia Davies (Ind)
James Forscutt (Ind)
Lawrence Hughes (Ind)
R. T. Reilly (Ind)
Fannie Bay Labor Pam O'Neil Ella Stack
Gillen CLP Rosalie McDonald Jim Robertson
Jingili CLP Peter Hansen Paul Everingham Peter Read (Dem)
Ludmilla CLP Kay Spurr Roger Steele Roy Barden (Ind)
Macdonnell Labor Neville Perkins Rosalie Kunoth-Monks
Millner Labor Jon Isaacs John Robinson
Nhulunbuy CLP Dan Leo Milton Ballantyne Michael O'Reilly (Ind)
Nightcliff Independent Anne Amos Charles Coombs (CDP)
Dawn Lawrie (Ind)
Port Darwin CLP Jack Haritos Tom Harris Len Myles (Dem)
Peter Taylor (AMP)
Sanderson Labor June D'Rozario Daryl Manzie Ron Mann (CDP)
Stuart CLP John Thomas Roger Vale
Stuart Park CLP Peter Cavanagh Marshall Perron John Duffy (AMP)
Terry Wilson (Ind)
Tiwi CLP Harry Maschke Noel Padgham-Purich Len McAlear (Ind)
Jenny Smither (AMP)
Victoria River Labor Jack Doolan John Millhouse Bronte Douglass (Ind)
Jack McCarthy (Ind)


  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.