Paul Everingham

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Paul Everingham

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Member of the Australian Parliament
for Northern Territory
In office
1 December 1984 – 5 June 1987
Preceded byJohn Reeves
Succeeded byWarren Snowdon
1st Chief Minister of the Northern Territory
In office
1 July 1978 – 15 October 1984
DeputyMarshall Perron (1978–1983)
Nick Dondas (1983–1984)
Preceded byHimself as Majority Leader
Succeeded byIan Tuxworth
2nd Majority Leader of the Northern Territory
In office
1977–1978
DeputyMarshall Perron
Preceded byGoff Letts
Succeeded byHimself as Chief Minister
Member of the Northern Territory Parliament
for Jingili
In office
19 October 1974 – 22 October 1984
Preceded byFirst member
Succeeded byRick Setter
Personal details
Born (1943-02-04) 4 February 1943 (age 77)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
NationalityAustralian
Political partyCountry Liberal Party
ProfessionBarrister, solicitor
CabinetEveringham Ministry

Paul Anthony Edward Everingham AO (born 4 February 1943) was the head of government of the Northern Territory of Australia from 1977 to 1984, serving as the second and last Majority Leader (1977–1978) and the first Chief Minister of the Northern Territory from 1978 to 1984.

He was a member of the Country Liberal Party, representing the northern Darwin seat of Jingili in the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly from 1974 to 1984. He briefly served as Deputy Majority Leader (the equivalent of a deputy premier in the states) under Goff Letts from 1974 to 1975. He remained on the backbench for the remainder of the First Assembly

Just months after being reelected to the legislature, he was named leader of the CLP and Majority Leader after Letts was unexpectedly defeated in his own electorate despite the CLP comfortably winning another term in government. He thus oversaw the transition to self-government, which occurred in 1978. At that time, he became Chief Minister with greatly expanded powers.

As the second and longest-serving head of government in the Territory, he led the CLP to comprehensive election victories in 1980 and 1983. During his tenure, the Northern Territory was essentially a one-party state; he never faced more than seven opposition MLAs.

In mid-1984, Everingham resigned as CLP leader and from the Legislative Assembly to seek election to the Australian House of Representatives as the member for the Division of Northern Territory. He won, and served from 1984 to 1987. He set a precedent in his time in the House of Representatives when he chose to sit with the Liberals. Federal CLP members had long been expected to sit with the Nationals, since the CLP has full voting rights with the Nationals and observer status with the Liberals. Since Everingham's tenure, however, subsequent CLP members of the House of Representatives have sat with the Liberals, but CLP Senators have continued to sit with the Nationals in the Senate.

After his time in the House of Representatives, Everingham had a stint as President of the Queensland Liberal Party.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Goff Letts
Majority Leader of the Northern Territory
1977–1978
Succeeded by
Himself as Chief Minister
Preceded by
Himself as Majority Leader
Chief Minister of the Northern Territory
1978–1984
Succeeded by
Ian Tuxworth
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
John Reeves
Member for Northern Territory
1984–1987
Succeeded by
Warren Snowdon