Northern Territory general election, 1987
All 25 seats of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly
A general election was held in the Northern Territory, Australia on Saturday 7 March 1987. Although the incumbent Country Liberal Party (CLP) won a majority under new leader Stephen Hatton, the party's vote was down almost 20 percentage points.
At the 1987 election, the CLP faced a challenge from the Northern Territory Nationals, a rebel conservative party led by former CLP Chief Minister Ian Tuxworth that was aligned with then-Queensland Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen, but not affiliated with the federal National Party of Australia. The NT Nationals took 17.79% of the primary vote, mostly from the CLP, but finished with only one member in the assembly. Hatton, despite a loss of three seats, retained a working majority.
Labor's vote remained virtually unchanged. As in 1983, its assembly tally was six.
Two former-CLP independents were re-elected in their seats. Noel Padgham-Purich was re-elected to Koolpinyah, while Denis Collins was re-elected to Sadadeen as an independent. Former Chief Minister Ian Tuxworth was also re-elected as a member of the NT Nationals.
|Summary of votes by party|
|Country Liberal||20,074||39.4%||–18.8%||16||– 3|
|NT Nationals||9,058||17.8%||+17.8%||1||+ 1|
Sitting members are in bold. Successful candidates are highlighted in the relevant colour.
|Electorate||Held by||Labor candidate||CLP candidate||Nationals candidates||Independent candidates|
|Arafura||Labor||Stan Tipiloura||Dorothy Fox||Peter Watton|
|Araluen||CLP||Di Shanahan||Eric Poole||Enzo Floreani|
|Arnhem||Labor||Wes Lanhupuy||John Hancock||Brian Dalliston||Bruce Foley|
|Barkly||CLP||Keith Hallett||Gary Smith||Ian Tuxworth||Maggie Hickey|
|Braitling||CLP||Mike Alsop||Roger Vale||Max Stewart|
|Casuarina||CLP||John Reeves||Nick Dondas||Giuseppe Nicolosi|
|Fannie Bay||CLP||John Waters||Marshall Perron||Stephen Marshall||Edward Osgood
|Flynn||CLP||John Omond||Ray Hanrahan||Jacqueline Anderson|
|Jingili||CLP||Bob Wharton||Rick Setter||Harry Maschke|
|Karama||CLP||Robyn Crompton||Mick Palmer||Lionel Preston|
|Katherine||CLP||Phil Maynard||Mike Reed||Jim Forscutt|
|Koolpinyah||CLP||Peter Ivinson||Pat Loftus||David Loveridge||Noel Padgham-Purich|
|Leanyer||CLP||David Lamb-Jenkins||Fred Finch||David Wane|
|Ludmilla||CLP||Chris McMah||Col Firmin||Brian Thomas||Sydney Cross|
|MacDonnell||Labor||Neil Bell||J. Davis||Ron Liddle|
|Millner||Labor||Terry Smith||John Baban||Michael Foley|
|Nhulunbuy||Labor||Dan Leo||Pam Steele-Wareham||Deane Crowhurst||Pat Ellis|
|Nightcliff||CLP||John Rowell||Stephen Hatton||Brian Brent|
|Palmerston||CLP||Tony Henry||Barry Coulter||Michael Ting|
|Port Darwin||CLP||Russell Kearney||Tom Harris||James Maclean|
|Sadadeen||Independent||Meredith Campbell||Shane Stone||Lynne Peterkin||Denis Collins|
|Sanderson||CLP||Peter McQueen||Daryl Manzie||Lawrence Armstrong|
|Stuart||Labor||Brian Ede||Jim Sinclair||Ian Drennan||Vince Forrester|
|Victoria River||CLP||Leon White||Terry McCarthy||Ronald Wright||Lance Lawrence|
|Wanguri||CLP||Peter McNab||Don Dale||Graeme Bevis|