Natasha Griggs, since 2010.
Solomon covers the Darwin metropolitan area, as well as the nearby city of Palmerston.
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).
Sitting Country Liberal MP Natasha Griggs is presumably running for re-election. The ALP is running Luke Gosling. One Nation is running John Kearney.
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 two-candidate-preferred result
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.
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