Cause of by-election
Former chief minister Michael Gunner resigned from parliament in July 2022 after stepping down as chief minister in May 2022.
Margin – ALP 9.6%
Central Darwin. Fannie Bay covers suburbs immediately to the northwest of the Darwin city centre, including Fannie Bay, the Gardens, Parap, East Point and Ludmilla.
The electorate of Fannie Bay has existed since the first NT assembly election in 1974. The seat has tended to be safe for one party then change hands when the MP retired, at least until the last change of member. The seat’s last three members have all led their party.
The CLP’s Grant Tambling won Fannie Bay in 1974, and lost the seat in 1977. He later served in the federal Parliament, first representing the Northern Territory in the House of Representatives from 1980 to 1983, and then served as a Senator for the Northern Territory from 1987 until 2001.
Labor’s Pam O’Neill won Fannie Bay off Tambling in 1977 and held the seat for two terms, losing in 1983. She later served as federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner from 1984 to 1988.
The CLP’s Marshall Perron won Fannie Bay in 1983. Perron had represented the neighbouring seat of Stuart Park since 1974, and had served as deputy chief minister since 1978. A redistribution had abolished Stuart Park, so Perron ran for Fannie Bay.
Perron held Fannie Bay until his retirement in 1995. He served as chief minister from 1988 until 1995.
Labor’s Clare Martin won Fannie Bay at the 1995 by-election. She became Labor leader in 1999 and led the party to victory in 2001, becoming the first Labor chief minister of the Northern Territory. Martin resigned as Chief Minister in late 2007 and retired from the assembly in 2008.
Labor’s Michael Gunner succeeded Martin in 2008. He was elected leader of the ALP in 2015, and led the party back into government in 2016. He won a second term in 2020, and stepped down from the leadership and parliament in 2022.
- Brent Potter (Labor)
- George Mamouzellos (Independent)
- Raj Samson Rajwin (Independent)
- Jonathan Parry (Greens)
- Leah Potter (Independent)
- Ben Hosking (Country Liberal)
Northern Territory electorates have small numbers of voters and often the incumbent MP is crucial to holding the seat. The seat is a relatively strong seat for Labor, and seems likely to stay with Labor, but it could produce a surprise.
|Tracey Hayes||Country Liberal||1,510||34.8||+1.0|
|Rebecca Jennings||Territory Alliance||242||5.6||+5.6|
2020 two-party-preferred result
|Tracey Hayes||Country Liberal||1,756||40.4||+2.9|
There are two booths in Fannie Bay: Parap in the centre of the seat and Ludmilla in the east.
Labor polled 61.4% of the two-candidate-preferred vote in Ludmilla and 64.4% in Parap.
The Greens vote ranged from 14.2% in Parap to 16.1% in Ludmilla.
|Voter group||GRN %||ALP 2PP %||Total votes||% of votes|