Solomon – Australia 2013

CLP 1.8%

Incumbent MP
Natasha Griggs, since 2010.

Geography
Solomon covers the Darwin metropolitan area, as well as the nearby city of Palmerston.

History
The Northern Territory first elected a Member of the House of Representatives in 1922, but this person was only given full voting rights in 1968.

The seat was held by the Country Party and then the Country Liberal Party from then until 1983

Labor and then the CLP each held the seat for one term from 1983 to 1987, before Warren Snowdon won the seat for the ALP in 1987.

Snowdon lost the seat for one term in 1996 before being returned for one more term in 1998.

The 2000 redistribution saw the Northern Territory gain a second seat for the first time, and the seats of Solomon, covering Darwin and Palmerston, and Lingiari, covering the rest of the territory, were created.

In 2001, Country Liberal candidate Dave Tollner won the seat by only 88 votes. In 2004, he increased his margin to 2.8%. The 2007 election saw Tollner lose his seat to the ALP’s Damian Hale.

In 2010, Hale lost his seat to Palmerston alderman Natasha Griggs (CLP).

Candidates

  • Krystal Metcalf (Sex Party)
  • Trudy Campbell (Citizens Electoral Council)
  • Todd Williams (Greens)
  • Martin Burgess (Voluntary Euthanasia Party)
  • Luke Gosling (Labor)
  • Paul Sellick (Rise Up Australia)
  • Stephen Spain (Palmer United Party)
  • Natasha Griggs (Country Liberals)
  • Eileen Cummings (Australian First Nations)

Assessment
Solomon is a long-standing marginal seat and will be a key target for the ALP. Griggs should benefit from a personal vote that previously benefited the ALP.

2010 result

Candidate Party Votes % Swing
Natasha Griggs CLP 23,627 46.37 -0.43
Damian Hale ALP 18,384 36.08 -5.82
Emma Young GRN 6,772 13.29 +4.22
John Kearney ON 1,505 2.95 +2.95
Trudy Campbell CEC 668 1.31 +0.83

2010 two-candidate-preferred result

Candidate Party Votes % Swing
Natasha Griggs CLP 26,371 51.75 +1.94
Damian Hale ALP 24,585 48.25 -1.94

Polling booths in Solomon at the 2010 federal election. North Darwin in orange, South Darwin in green, Palmerston in blue.

Booth breakdown
Booths have been divided into three clear parts. The town of Palmerston stands apart from the City of Darwin. Within Darwin, there is a clear divide between the south and the north of Darwin.

Thus the booths have been divided into Palmerston, North Darwin and South Darwin.

The ALP won a slim 54.4% margin in North Darwin, which makes up about half of the population of Solomon.

The CLP made up for this by winning larger margins (55-57%) in South Darwin and Palmerston, as well as a majority amongst other votes.

Voter group GRN % CLP 2PP % Total votes % of votes
North Darwin 14.91 45.65 18,429 36.17
South Darwin 15.23 55.21 8,787 17.24
Palmerston 8.51 57.37 8,782 17.23
Other votes 12.96 53.94 14,958 29.35

Two-party-preferred votes in Solomon at the 2010 federal election.

Greens primary votes in Solomon at the 2010 federal election.