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The Northern Territory Parliament consists of one chamber: the Legislative Assembly.
There are currently 25 Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs), each from a single electoral division. Members of the Legislative Assembly are elected using a preferential voting system for a term of up to four years.
Voting in Northern Territory Legislative Assembly elections is open to all Northern Territory citizens aged 18 years or over.
The first European settlement in northern Australia started in 1824 when what is now the Northern Territory was part of the Colony of New South Wales. In 1863, the Northern Territory became part of the Colony of South Australia and from January 1911, the Northern Territory was the responsibility of the Commonwealth.
The first Legislative Council of the Northern Territory was appointed in December 1947. There were 13 members, seven of whom were official members, mainly the heads of Australian Government departments. The remaining six were elected by the public. The head of the Legislative Council was the Commonwealth-appointed Administrator of the Northern Territory.
In 1974, the Legislative Council was replaced by a fully elected Legislative Assembly with 19 members, which was increased to 25 in 1982.
In 1978, the Northern Territory was granted limited self-government by an Act of the Australian Parliament. Areas such as Aboriginal land, uranium mining, and industrial relations continue to be managed by the federal government. However, the Northern Territory operates as a state for financial dealings between the State and Federal governments.
The colours of the Northern Territory are those of its flag: black, white and ochre.
The Chartist checklist was a series of demands for responsible and representative government that spread throughout the Australian colonies from the mid-19th century.
Northern Territory (Self-government from 1978)
||Date right achieved for Assembly
|Universal adult male suffrage
|No property qualifications for Members of Parliament
|Payment of Members of Parliament
||As at 1998 electorates can vary by 20%.
|Adult female suffrage
|Voting rights for Indigenous Australians
Did you know?
- The Northern Territory is represented at the federal level by two Senators, elected for up to three years.
- The Administrator of the Northern Territory, its ´Head of State´, is appointed by the Governor-General as his or her representative in the Northern Territory. Laws made by the Legislative Assembly require the assent of the Administrator.
- The leader of the government in the Northern Territory is known as the Chief Minister.
Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory
Northern Territory Electoral Commission