Northern Territory general election, 1983

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Northern Territory general election, 1983
Northern Territory
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All 25 seats of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly
  First party Second party
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Leader Paul Everingham Bob Collins
Party Country Liberal Labor
Leader since 13 August 1977 2 November 1981
Leader's seat Jingili Arafura
Last election 11 seats 7 seats
Seats won 19 seats 6 seats
Seat change Increase8 Decrease1
Percentage 58.2% 35.6%
Swing Increase8.2 Decrease3.8

Chief Minister before election

Paul Everingham
Country Liberal

Elected Chief Minister

Paul Everingham
Country Liberal

A general election was held in the Northern Territory, Australia on Saturday 3 December 1983. The result was a landslide victory for the incumbent Country Liberal Party (CLP) under Chief Minister Paul Everingham over the Australian Labor Party (ALP) opposition under Opposition leader Bob Collins.

For this election, the size of the assembly was increased from 19 to 25.

The only independent of the Legislative Assembly, Dawn Lawrie, lost her seat of Nightcliff at this election to the CLP.

Retiring MPs[edit]



Northern Territory general election, 3 December 1983[1]
Legislative Assembly
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Enrolled voters 62,178
Votes cast 50,716 Turnout 81.6% +3.6%
Informal votes 1,532 Informal 3.0% –0.2%
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes  % Swing Seats Change
  Country Liberal 28,637 58.2% +8.2% 19 + 8
  Labor 17,505 35.6% –3.8% 6 – 1
  Independent 2,155 4.4% –3.7% 0 – 1
  Democrats 887 1.8% +0.9% 0 ± 0
Total 49,184     25  


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

Electorate Held by Labor Candidate CLP Candidate Other Candidates
Arafura New Bob Collins Robert Woodward Kevin Doolan (Dem)
Araluen New Allen Joy Jim Robertson Goff Letts (Ind)
Arnhem Labor Wes Lanhupuy David Amos
David Daniels
Klaus Roth (Dem)
Barkly CLP Charles Hallett Ian Tuxworth
Berrimah New Colin Young Barry Coulter
Braitling New Ross Kerridge Roger Vale
Casuarina CLP Lionel Crompton Nick Dondas
Elsey CLP Trevor Surplice Roger Steele James Forscutt (Ind)
Fannie Bay Labor Pam O'Neil Marshall Perron Gerald Luck (Ind)
Flynn New Peter Hughes Ray Hanrahan Pamela Gardiner (Ind)
Jingili CLP Martin Jacob Paul Everingham
Koolpinyah New Robert Wesley-Smith Noel Padgham-Purich Murray Leeder (Dem)
Michael Sanderson (Ind)
Leanyer New John Waters Mick Palmer
Ludmilla CLP Allan O'Neil Col Firmin
Macdonnell Labor Neil Bell Ian McKinlay Ted Hampton (Dem)
Millner Labor Terry Smith Lorraine Palfy Christopher Fenner (Ind)
Nhulunbuy Labor Dan Leo Kevin Graetz
Nightcliff Independent Colin Dyer Stephen Hatton Dawn Lawrie (Ind)
Port Darwin CLP Russel Kearney Tom Harris
Sadadeen New Morgan Flint Denis Collins
Sanderson Labor June D'Rozario Daryl Manzie
Stuart CLP Brian Ede Bobby Liddle
Victoria River Labor Dennis Bree Terry McCarthy*
Ronald Wright
Jack Doolan (Ind)
Maurie Ryan (Dem)
Wagaman New Brian Reid Fred Finch
Wanguri New Pat Burke Don Dale Edward Miller (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.