Gunner Ministry


The Gunner Ministry is the ministry of the eleventh Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, Michael Gunner. It came into operation on 31 August 2016.

First (caretaker) ministry


Although Territory Labor's landslide victory in the 2016 election was beyond doubt, a number of prospective ministers—including Labor deputy leader and presumptive Deputy Chief Minister Lynne Walker—had not been confirmed as winners in their seats. For this reason, Gunner had himself, Natasha Fyles, and Nicole Manison sworn in as an interim three-person government on 31 August 2016 until a full ministry could be named.[1]

Minister Office
Hon Michael Gunner, MLA
Hon Nicole Manison, MLA
Hon Natasha Fyles, MLA

First (full) ministry


On 11 September, the following members were announced as ministers after a Labor Party caucus meeting. By this time, it had been confirmed that Walker had lost her own seat, so Gunner tapped Manison to become the new deputy leader of Territory Labor and hence Deputy Chief Minister. Gunner also announced that all backbench members of his large caucus will serve as junior ministers, at no extra cost to taxpayers.[2] The new cabinet was sworn in the following day. Notably, it was majority-female; five of its eight members were women.[3]

Portfolio Minister
Hon Michael Gunner, MLA
Hon Nicole Manison, MLA
Hon Natasha Fyles, MLA
Hon Gerry McCarthy, MLA
Hon Ken Vowles, MLA
Hon Lauren Moss, MLA
Hon Eva Lawler, MLA
Hon Dale Wakefield, MLA

Second ministry


Gunner's first reshuffle of his cabinet was announced and sworn in on 26 June 2018. Selena Uibo was promoted to the ministry as Minister for Education and Training.[4]

Portfolio Minister
Hon Michael Gunner, MLA
Hon Nicole Manison, MLA
Hon Natasha Fyles, MLA
Hon Gerry McCarthy, MLA
Hon Ken Vowles, MLA
Hon Lauren Moss, MLA
Hon Eva Lawler, MLA
Hon Dale Wakefield, MLA
Hon Selena Uibo, MLA

Third ministry


On 21 December 2018, Ken Vowles was expelled from the Cabinet for "breaking cabinet confidentiality". Assistant ministers Jeff Collins and Scott McConnell also lost their roles. Paul Kirby joined the ministry as Minister for Primary Industry and Resources.[5]

Portfolio Minister
Hon Michael Gunner, MLA
Hon Nicole Manison, MLA
Hon Natasha Fyles, MLA
Hon Gerry McCarthy, MLA
Hon Lauren Moss, MLA
Hon Eva Lawler, MLA
Hon Dale Wakefield, MLA
Hon Selena Uibo, MLA
Hon Paul Kirby, MLA

Fourth ministry


The fourth Gunner ministry was announced on 7 September 2020, following the 2020 Northern Territory general election.[6]

Portfolio Minister
Hon Michael Gunner, MLA
  • Chief Minister
  • Treasurer
  • Minister for Major Projects and Territory Economic Reconstruction
  • Minister for Strategic Defence Relations
Hon Nicole Manison, MLA
Hon Natasha Fyles, MLA
Hon Eva Lawler, MLA
Hon Lauren Moss, MLA
Hon Selena Uibo, MLA
Hon Paul Kirby, MLA
  • Minister for Small Business
  • Minister for Jobs and Training
  • Minister for Corporate and Digital Development
  • Minister for Public Employment
  • Minister for Veterans Affairs
  • Minister for Recreational Fishing
Hon Kate Worden, MLA
Hon Chansey Paech, MLA
  • Minister for Local Government
  • Minister for Central Australia Economic Reconstruction
  • Minister for Remote Housing and Town Camps
  • Minister for Indigenous Essential Services
  • Minister for Arts and Culture

References


  1. Breen, Jacqueline (31 August 2016). "Labor leader Michael Gunner sworn in as NT Chief Minister". ABC News. Retrieved 31 August 2016.
  2. "NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner unveils new Cabinet". Northern Territory News. 11 September 2016.
  3. Oaten, James (13 September 2016). "New female-majority NT cabinet sworn in, Chief Minister vows to keep team". ABC News.
  4. "Michael Gunner passes on police, Aboriginal affairs in NT Government Cabinet reshuffle". ABC News. 26 June 2018. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  5. Press, Australian Associated (21 December 2018). "Northern Territory government in turmoil after three ministers sacked". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  6. "Michael Gunner takes on job of Treasurer as new NT cabinet revealed". www.abc.net.au. 7 September 2020. Retrieved 8 September 2020.