Michael Gunner returned as Chief Minister as Territory Alliance leader loses seat

Labor projected to secure 12 seats in the NT 2020 election

Territory Labor is likely to claim 12 seats. (ABC News: Michael Donnelly)


As we wrap up our coverage tonight, let’s take a final look at how things stand.


The Chief Minister Michael Gunner says he’s confident Labor can form the next government. The ABC is projecting Labor will secure at least 12 seats, with the possibility it could reach the magic number of 13 to form a majority.

The party’s victory was forged in Darwin, where it won eight of its existing seats, plus a ninth seat previously held by Territory Alliance MLA Jeff Collins. It also held the Palmerston seat of Drysdale as well as the bush electorates of Arafura and Gwoja.


The CLP is projected to win at least four seats – an improvement on its last showing when it was decimated to just two seats in Parliament.

Despite the projections, CLP leader Lia Finocchiaro is yet to concede defeat given several seats remain in play.

It was a difficult night for fledgling party Territory Alliance, who lost leader Terry Mills early in the night, after he failed to win his seat of Blain.

At this stage the party has no guaranteed seats, with Roblyn Lambley still a possibility in the Alice Springs electorate of Araluen, where she is ahead by just 13 votes with 65 per cent of the ballots counted.

Only two independents have secured seats at this stage – former speaker Kezia Purick and Mulka MLA Yingiya Guyula.

According to the ABC’s election computer, seven seats remain in doubt – Arnhem, Araluen, Barkly, Brennan, Daly, Katherine and Namatjira.

Labor is ahead in Arnhem and Daly, Territory Alliance is up in Araluen, with the CLP ahead in the remaining four. Counting is expected to resume at 10am on Sunday.

Reporting by Jano Gibson