Paul Kirby

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Paul Kirby
Member of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly
for Port Darwin
Assumed office
27 August 2016
Preceded by John Elferink
Personal details
Born (1966-02-27) 27 February 1966 (age 50)
Nationality Australian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Occupation Trade union organiser

Paul Andrew Kirby (born 27 February 1966) is an Australian politician. He has been the Labor member for Port Darwin in the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly since 2016.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Kirby was the Northern Territory Organiser for the Electrical Trades Union of Australia Queensland and NT Branch before entering politics.


Kirby was preselected as the Labor candidate for Port Darwin ahead of the 2016 Territory election. The seat's incumbent, John Elferink of the Country Liberal Party, was retiring. Port Darwin had historically been a CLP stronghold, having been in that party's hands for all but two terms of its entire existence. Labor had only won it once, and only on a knife-edge, during its 2005 landslide. Going into the 2016 election, Port Darwin had a notional CLP majority of 9.7 percent after the redistribution, which would have made it a fairly safe CLP seat under normal circumstances.

However, the CLP had been sinking in the polls for some time, particularly in the Darwin area. Additionally, it no longer had the advantage of Elferink's incumbency. On election night, Kirby won Port Darwin on a swing of 12.5 percent, becoming only the second Labor member ever to win it.


  1. ^ "Electorate: Port Darwin". Retrieved 30 August 2016. 
Northern Territory Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
John Elferink
Member for Port Darwin