Luke Gosling, since 2016.
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, by a slim 0.3% margin.
In 2010, Hale lost his seat to Palmerston alderman Natasha Griggs, running for the Country Liberal Party. In 2013, Griggs won a second term, despite a 0.35% swing back to Labor.
Griggs lost in 2016 to Labor candidate Luke Gosling, who was re-elected in 2019.
|Kathy Ganley||Country Liberal||20,962||38.1||+3.6|
|Raj Samson Rajwin||United Australia Party||1,583||2.9||+2.9|
|Lorraine Gimini||Rise Up Australia||1,277||2.3||+0.5|
2019 two-party-preferred result
|Kathy Ganley||Country Liberal||25,844||46.9||+3.0|
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.
There was a wide variation in Labor’s two-party-preferred vote, ranging from less than 50% in Palmerston to over 60% in northern Darwin.
The Greens polled over 14% in north and south Darwin and just over 10% in Palmerston.
|Voter group||GRN prim %||ALP 2PP %||Total votes||% of votes|