Natasha Fyles


Natasha Kate Fyles (born 26 May 1978)[1] is an Australian politician who lives in Darwin, Northern Territory. A member of the Australian Labor Party, she was elected to the seat of Nightcliff in the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly at the 2012 Northern Territory election.[2]


Natasha Fyles

Fyles in 2020
Attorney-General of the Northern Territory
Minister for Justice
In office
31 August 2016  7 September 2020
Preceded byJohn Elferink
Succeeded bySelena Uibo
Member of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly
for Nightcliff
Assumed office
25 August 2012
Preceded byJane Aagaard
Personal details
Born
Natasha Kate Fyles

(1978-05-26) 26 May 1978 (age 43)
Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
NationalityAustralian
Political party Australian Labor Party
Spouse(s)Paul Archbold
ChildrenTwo
Alma materUniversity of Canberra
OccupationTeacher, swimming coach

Prior to her election, Fyles trained as a teacher at the University of Canberra, and has worked as a physical education teacher and swimming coach.[2] She is married to Paul Archbold and has two children.[3][4]

Fyles was part of Labor’s landslide victory in the 2016 Northern Territory election and was reelected as the member for Nightcliff in the 2020 election holding the largest majority in the Northern Territory. Fyles is currently the Minister for Health, Minister for Tourism and Hospitality, Minister for Racing, Gaming and Licensing, Minister for Alcohol Policy, Minister for Major Events, Minister for the National Resilience Centre and Leader of Government Business.

Early life and career


Fyles was born in Darwin in 1978 at the old Darwin hospital and grew up in the Northern suburbs. She completed her teaching degree at the University of Canberra and then returned to Darwin, teaching at St Mary’s Primary School for five years and was actively involved in School Sports NT during this time.

After travelling and working overseas she returned to the Territory as Executive Director of Royal Life Saving Society NT delivering water safety programs across the Territory in both urban and remote centres in the Northern Territory and also in the neighbouring Republic of Timor- Leste.

Natasha has been a member of the Australian Labor Party for more than 20 years.

Early political career


Member for Nightcliff

In 2012 the incumbent Member for Nightcliff Jane Aagaard retired, and despite a swing against Labor at that year's election, the seat was retained for Labor by Fyles and she was elected to the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly as the Member for Nightcliff.

Labor's massive landslide at the 2016 election saw Fyles consolidate her hold on the seat with a healthy swing of 18 percent, ballooning her majority to 26.9 percent, making Nightcliff the safest seat in the Territory. This majority is attributed to her tireless work ethic in the electorate. Fyles was reelected as the Member for Nightcliff in 2020 with a majority of 24.9 percent, retaining her mantle as holding the safest seat in the Northern Territory.

2016 election


Minister for Health

Labor went into the 2016 territory election as unbackable favourites, with Northern Territory opinion polls indicating a massive swing against the CLP. Labor won 18 seats in the 25-member Legislative Assembly. Fyles was reelected as the Member for Nightcliff and took on the portfolio of Health.

Attorney-General of the Northern Territory

Fyles served as the Attorney-General of the Northern Territory from 31 August 2016 to 7 September 2020. She was succeeded by Selena Uibo.

2020 election


Fyles was reelected as the Member for Nightcliff in 2020 holding the largest majority in any Northern Territory electorate. She has served as the Minister for Health since 2016 and continues as the Northern Territory's Health Minister following the 22 August 2020 election, which saw the Labor government re-elected.

She was appointed as the Minister for National Resilience to work with the Australian federal government on making Darwin's highly-touted Howard Springs Quarantine Facility a ‘centre for national resilience’. This use of this facility is central to the repatriation of Australians stranded overseas due to COVID-19.

Fyles is the also current Leader of Government Business and the Minister for Alcohol Policy, Minister for Tourism and Hospitality, Minister for Major Events, and Minister for Racing, Gaming and Licensing.

References


  1. Natasha Fyles, Territory Women, Northern Territory Library.
  2. Green, Antony: Nightcliff, NT Votes 2012 (ABC)
  3. McCartney, Damien (13 December 2011). "Army of Olivers swamp baby names". Northern Territory News. Retrieved 12 September 2012.
  4. Crawford, Sarah (16 April 2012). "New ALP candidate for Nightcliff". Northern Territory News. Retrieved 12 September 2012.
Political offices
Preceded by
John Elferink
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
2016–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
John Elferink
Minister for Health
2016–present
Incumbent
Northern Territory Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Jane Aagaard
Member for Nightcliff
2012–present
Incumbent