Cause of by-election
Sitting Country Liberal MP retired for health reasons in August 2021.
Margin – CLP 1.2%
North-western parts of the Northern Territory. Daly covers rural areas south of Darwin, stretching to the edge of Katherine, and covering Berry Springs, Wadeye, Batchelor, Adelaide River and Pine Creek.
The electorate of Daly was created in 2001 as a new version of the seat of Victoria River. The seat had moved north and the name was no longer appropriate. The seat of Victoria River/Daly has been a marginal seat for its entire existence, switching back and forth between Labor and the CLP over the last 47 years.
Victoria River was created for the first NT assembly election in 1974 and was won by the CLP’s Goff Letts. Letts served as Majority Leader in the first assembly from 1974 to 1977. Letts lost Victoria River in 1977, while the CLP won a comfortable majority in the Assembly.
Labor’s Jack Doolan won Victoria River in 1977, and held the seat until 1983, when he contested the seat as an independent Labor candidate.
The CLP’s Terry McCarthy won Victoria River in 1983. He held the seat until 1990, when he moved to the new seat of Goyder, which he held until 2001.
Labor’s Gary Cartwright held Victoria River from 1990 until 1994, when he was replaced by the CLP’s Tim Baldwin. Baldwin held Victoria River until 2001 when it was renamed Daly. He held Daly for one term, until he retired in 2005.
Labor’s Rob Knight won Daly in 2005. He held the seat for two terms, losing in 2012 to the CLP’s Gary Higgins.
Higgins became a minister in 2015, and was re-elected at the 2016 election. He was one of only two CLP members to win re-election, and he became leader of the party after the electoral wipe-out.
Higgins announced his retirement in early 2020, and stepped down as Country Liberal Party leader.
CLP candidate Ian Sloan won Daly at the 2020 election, and retired in 2021.
- Wayne Connop (Independent)
- Dheran Young (Labor)
- Rebecca Jennings (Independent)
- Kris Civitarese (Country Liberal)
Daly has tended to stay in Country Liberal Party hands but has been very marginal at the last two elections. This seat is very much in play.
|Ian Sloan||Country Liberal||1,386||35.8||-6.1|
|Regina McCarthy||Territory Alliance||708||18.3||+18.3|
2016 two-party-preferred result
|Ian Sloan||Country Liberal||1,984||51.2||-0.5|
Daly contains two ordinary booths, both at the northern end of the electorate. These two booths were only responsible for 11% of the total vote. Over a third of the vote was cast through mobile polling teams in smaller towns throughout the electorate.
About one third of the vote was cast through pre-poll booths – about a third each in a booth within the electorate and just outside the electorate, and the other third at five other pre-poll booths across Darwin and Palmerston.
The CLP won large majorities of the two-party-preferred vote at the Berry Springs pre-poll booth (66.9%) and the Coolalinga pre-poll booth (70%), and won a 60% majority in Berry Springs on election day.
Labor won 55.3% in Wagait Beach and over 60% in the mobile polling.
The Territory Alliance managed to outpoll the CLP in the mobile booths but came a distant third in other places.
|Voter group||TA prim %||CLP 2PP %||Total votes||% of votes|
|Berry Springs pre-poll||13.3||66.9||472||12.2|