1994 Northern Territory general election

A general election was held in the Northern Territory on Saturday 4 June 1994, and was won by the incumbent Country Liberal Party (CLP). Marshall Perron continued as Chief Minister.

1994 Northern Territory general election

 1990 4 June 1994 (1994-06-04) 1997 

All 25 seats of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly
13 seats needed for a majority
Turnout80.7 ( 0.9 pp)
  First party Second party
Leader Marshall Perron Brian Ede
Party Country Liberal Labor
Leader since 14 July 1988 2 November 1990
Leader's seat Fannie Bay Stuart
Last election 14 seats 9 seats
Seats won 17 seats 7 seats
Seat change 3 2
Percentage 51.9% 41.4%
Swing 3.1 4.8

Chief Minister before election

Marshall Perron
Country Liberal

Elected Chief Minister

Marshall Perron
Country Liberal

Independent Noel Padgham-Purich retained her seat of Nelson while Independent Denis Collins lost his seat of Greatorex to the CLP.

Retiring MPs

Country Liberal


17 1 7
CLP Ind Labor

Northern Territory general election, 4 June 1994[1]
Legislative Assembly
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Enrolled voters 95,007
Votes cast 76,638 Turnout 80.7% -0.9%
Informal votes 2,917 Informal 3.8% +0.7%
Summary of votes by party
Party Primary votes  % Swing Seats Change
  Country Liberal 38,266 51.9% +3.1% 17 +3
  Labor 30,507 41.4% +4.7% 7 –2
  Independent 4,338 5.9% –0.8% 1 –1
  Greens 552 0.8% –2.2% 0 ± 0
  Democrats 58 0.1% +0.1% 0 ± 0
Total 73,721     25  
  Country Liberal 41,485 56.3% –0.7
  Labor 32,236 43.7% +0.7
Popular vote
Country Liberal
Two-party-preferred vote
Country Liberal
Country Liberal


Sitting members are in bold. Successful candidates are highlighted in the relevant colour.

Electorate Held by Labor candidate CLP candidate Other candidates
ArafuraLaborMaurice RioliLothar SiebertColin Newton (Ind)
AraluenCLPMescal YatesEric Poole
ArnhemLaborWes LanhupuyVeronica Januschka
BarklyLaborMaggie HickeyPaul RugerGeoffrey Freeman (Ind)
BraitlingCLPCharles CarterLoraine Braham
BrennanCLPGeoffrey CarterDenis BurkeMax Ortmann (Ind)
CasuarinaCLPClare MartinPeter Adamson
Fannie BayCLPSue BradleyMarshall Perron
GoyderCLPJamie JohnsonTerry McCarthyGerry Wood (Ind)
GreatorexIndependentKerrie NelsonRichard LimDenis Collins (Ind)
JingiliCLPTed WarrenRick Setter
KaramaCLPJohn TobinMick PalmerChristopher Inskip (Ind)
Goncalo Pinto (Dem)
KatherineCLPGabriela MaynardMike Reed
LeanyerCLPCossimo RussoFred Finch
MacDonnellLaborNeil BellPamela Waudby
MillnerLaborKen ParishPhil MitchellIlana Eldridge (Grn)
NelsonIndependentWayne ConnopChris LuggNoel Padgham-Purich (Ind)
NhulunbuyLaborSyd StirlingMichael O'Shea
NightcliffCLPPaul HendersonStephen HattonRobert Adams (Dem)
PalmerstonCLPKevin DifloBarry CoulterDavid Elliott (Ind)
Port DarwinCLPRodney HaritosShane StoneAndrea Jones (Grn)
SandersonCLPDenise HorvathDaryl Manzie
StuartLaborBrian EdeJohn Bohning
Victoria RiverLaborGary CartwrightTim BaldwinJohn Noble (Ind)
WanguriLaborJohn BaileySteve Balch

Seats changing hands

Seat Pre-1994 Swing Post-1994
Party Member Margin Margin Member Party
Greatorex   Independent Denis Collins 2.5 14.8 12.3 Richard Lim Country Liberal  
Millner   Labor Ken Parish 6.7 7.9 1.2 Phil Mitchell Country Liberal  
Victoria River   Labor Gary Cartwright 1.5 5.9 4.4 Tim Baldwin Country Liberal  

Post-election pendulum

The following pendulum is known as the Mackerras Pendulum, invented by psephologist Malcolm Mackerras. The pendulum works by lining up all of the seats held in the Legislative Assembly according to the percentage point margin they are held by on a two-party-preferred basis. This is also known as the swing required for the seat to change hands. Given a uniform swing to the opposition or government parties, the number of seats that change hands can be predicted.

Millner Phil Mitchell CLP 1.2
Jingili Rick Setter CLP 4.3
Karama Mick Palmer CLP 4.3
Victoria River Tim Baldwin CLP 4.4
Casuarina Peter Adamson CLP 5.4
Fairly safe
Fannie Bay Marshall Perron CLP 7.9
Sanderson Daryl Manzie CLP 7.1
Nightcliff Stephen Hatton CLP 9.6
Leanyer Fred Finch CLP 10.1
Brennan Denis Burke CLP 11.9
Greatorex Richard Lim CLP 12.3
Port Darwin Shane Stone CLP 12.7
Palmerston Barry Coulter CLP 12.9
Goyder Terry McCarthy CLP 15.8
Very safe
Araluen Eric Poole CLP 20.1
Katherine Mike Reed CLP 20.6
Braitling Loraine Braham CLP 21.0
Barkly Maggie Hickey ALP 1.6
Wanguri John Bailey ALP 1.6
Stuart Brian Ede ALP 1.8
Nhulunbuy Syd Stirling ALP 4.6
Fairly safe
Arafura Maurice Rioli ALP 15.3
Macdonnell Neil Bell ALP 15.9
Very safe
Arnhem Wes Lanhupuy ALP 24.5
Nelson Noel Padgham-Purich IND 3.1 v CLP


  1. Wade-Marshall, Dean Jaensch, Deborah (1994). The 1994 elections in the Northern Territory : a statistical analysis. Darwin: North Australia Research Unit. ISBN 0949094137.