Tony Sievers, since 2016.
Palmerston. Drysdale covers eastern parts of the city of Palmerston, to the east of Darwin. Brennan covers the suburbs of Palmrston, Gunn, Bakewell and parts of Rosebery and Farrar.
Brennan picked up part of Rosebery from Blain. This increased the Labor margin from 2.6% to 2.8%.
The electorate of Brennan has existed since 1990. In that time, the Country Liberal Party has won the seat at all but two elections.
The CLP’s Max Ortmann won Brennan in 1990. He held the seat for one term, and lost preselection in 1994.
Ortmann ran for Brennan as an independent in 1994 but lost to CLP candidate Denis Burke.
Denis Burke held Brennan from 1994 until 2005. Burke became chief minister in 1999, leading the Country Liberal Party until they were defeated in 2001 – ending twenty-seven years of power in the NT.
Burke continued to lead the CLP in opposition until 2003. He was succeeded by Terry Mills, but returned to the leadership in the lead-up to the 2005 election.
In 2005, Burke’s CLP suffered devastating losses, including his own seat of Brennan, which fell to Labor’s James Burke.
James Burke held Brennan for one term, losing in 2008 to the CLP’s Peter Chandler. Chandler was re-elected in 2012, and served as a minister in the CLP government, including as deputy chief minister from 2014 to 2015.
Chandler was defeated at the 2016 election by Labor’s Tony Sievers, who gained a swing of over 16%.
- Marie-Clare Boothby (Country Liberal)
- Abraham Mbemap (Territory Alliance)
- Tony Sievers (Labor)
- Peter Chandler (Independent)
Brennan was a traditional CLP seat. A resurgent CLP would be eager to regain this seat – a failure to win here will probably signal that the CLP is not going to be competitive overall.
|Peter Chandler||Country Liberal||1,784||44.2||-19.8||43.5|
|Dorothy Fox||1 Territory||314||7.8||+7.8||7.4|
2016 two-party-preferred result
|Peter Chandler||Country Liberal||1,869||47.4||-16.6||47.2|
There were two booths in Brennan at the 2016 election: Bakewell and Rosebery. Part of Rosebery was transferred to Blain in the redistribution.
Labor won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote in every category in 2016, ranging from 50.3% in Rosebery to 53.1% in the other votes.
|Voter group||ALP 2PP %||Total votes||% of votes|