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A 'Political Tsunami'?: the 2005 Northern Territory Election

Carment, David S. and Wilson, Bill (2006). A 'Political Tsunami'?: the 2005 Northern Territory Election. Journal of Northern Territory History,17(2006):17-26.

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Title A 'Political Tsunami'?: the 2005 Northern Territory Election
Author Carment, David S.
Wilson, Bill
Journal Name Journal of Northern Territory History
Publication Date 2006
Volume Number 17
Issue Number 2006
ISSN 1034-7488   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 17
End Page 26
Total Pages 10
Place of Publication Darwin, NT, Australia
Publisher Historical Society of the Northern Territory
Field of Research 2103 - Historical Studies
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract The Northern Territory went to the polls to elect a new Legislative Assembly on 18 June 2005. It was an election watched with considerable interest throughout Australia. as it was the first in the Territory where a Labor, rather than Country Liberal Party (CLP), government was seeking to extend its tenure. Almost all informed observers expected Chief Minister Clare Martin's government to be returned but few anticipated the landslide that occurred. According to the CLP's Senator Nigel Scullion not long after counting of votes commenced it was a 'political tsunami'. I As he spoke, it was already evident that Labor would achieve a sweeping and crushing victory. This paper seeks, from the perspective of two Northern Territory historians and with the benefit of a few months' hindsight, to explore the election in more detail. In doing so it examines the Martin government's record before discussing the election prelude, the principal dynamics of the campaign, the election outcome and why the swing to Labor was so large.
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