Warren Snowdon, since 2001. Previously Member for Northern Territory 1987-1996, 1998-2001.
Lingiari covers the vast majority of the Northern Territory, with the exception of Darwin and Palmerston. The seat covers Katherine and Alice Springs, as well as many indigenous communities throughout the Territory.
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, before Labor and then the CLP each held the seat for one term, 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, were created.
Snowdon has been elected in Lingiari four times. His margin was increased at the 2004 and 2007 elections, but suffered a big swing against him in 2010.
- Peter Flynn (Citizens Electoral Council)
- Barbara Shaw (Greens)
- Alf Gould (Independent)
- Tina MacFarlane (Country Liberals)
- Regina Mccarthy (Rise Up Australia)
- Trevor Hedland (Palmer United Party)
- Kenneth Immanuel Lechleitner (Australian First Nations)
- Warren Snowdon (Labor)
Lingiari has been held for Labor since its creation in 2001, but it is now a very marginal seat. After a big swing against Labor in the outback in 2010, the ALP lost most of their seats in outback Northern Territory at the 2012 territorial election.
If those swings are replicated in 2013, Lingiari will likely fall to the Country Liberal Party.
2010 two-candidate-preferred result
Lingiari is an unusual electorate, covering a massive area. A large proportion of the vote is cast through “remote mobile teams” – roving polling places that can’t be identifiably associated with a particular geographical location. Twenty-one of these teams were used in Lingiari, and collectively they made up 28% of the vote cast. This is larger than the vote in any one identifiable area. Only 21% of votes were cast in Alice Springs. While it isn’t possible to identify which part of the electorate these votes came from, they would have come from remote communities in the outback and the top end, and been dominated by indigenous voters.
In addition to the remote mobile teams, booths have been divided into six areas by geography. The main towns of Alice Springs, Katherine and Darwin have been grouped together. Darwin itself is in Solomon, but there are some areas on the outskirts that are part of Lingiari.
In addition, the remaining booths were divided between the Top End, the Outback and the Islands (Christmas Island, Home Island and West Island).
The ALP won two-party-preferred majorities in almost all areas. The Country Liberal Party won a 54.7% majority in Katherine. The ALP’s margin varied from 50.08% in the Darwin outskirts to 64.5% on the islands. The CLP narrowly won the vote in the ‘other votes’ category (including absentee, postal and prepoll votes).
The Greens performed very strongly in Lingiari in 2010. The vote peaked at 31.% in the outback, largely thanks to a huge 33.7% vote in Tennant Creek. The Greens also polled over 15% in Alice Springs and 12.6% at the remote booths.
|Voter group||GRN %||ALP 2PP %||Total votes||% of votes|
|Remote Mobile Teams||12.58||59.51||11,033||25.70|