Northern Territory general election, 1987

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Northern Territory general election, 1987
Northern Territory
← 1983 7 March 1987 (1987-03-07) 1990 →

All 25 seats of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly
  First party Second party
Leader Stephen Hatton Terry Smith
Party Country Liberal Labor
Leader since 14 May 1986 19 August 1986
Leader's seat Nightcliff Millner
Last election 19 seats 6 seats
Seats won 16 seats 6 seats
Seat change Decrease3 Steady0
Percentage 39.4% 36.0%
Swing Decrease18.8 Increase0.4

Chief Minister before election

Stephen Hatton
Country Liberal

Elected Chief Minister

Stephen Hatton
Country Liberal

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.


Northern Territory general election, 7 March 1987[1]
Legislative Assembly
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Enrolled voters 74,633
Votes cast 53,127 Turnout 71.2% –10.4%
Informal votes 2,199 Informal 4.1% +1.1%
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes  % Swing Seats Change
  Country Liberal 20,074 39.4% –18.8% 16 – 3
  Labor 18,307 36.0% +0.4% 6 ± 0
  NT Nationals 9,058 17.8% +17.8% 1 + 1
  Independent 3,489 6.9% +2.5% 2 + 2
Total 50,928     25  
  Country Liberal 57.3%
  Labor 42.7%

Retiring MPs[edit]


Country Liberal[edit]


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


  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.