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Last EditedM@ - August 25, 2016 03:31pm
DescriptionThe CLP is to the National Liberal Party, what the DFL is to the Democrats... same party, different name.

The NT Country Liberal Party was created by Territorians for Territorians. It is totally independent of control or direction from any other political party, though it is associated with the Liberal Party and National Party of Australia.

Parliamentary Wing
The Parliamentary wing comprises of Country Liberal members of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly and the Party's Federal representatives. The Parliamentary wing is responsible for:

Representation of the electorates held by Country Liberal members of the Northern Territory

Parliamentary strategy and priorities the Party's policies, guided by the principles and priorities contained in the Platform

The Organisational wing cannot dictate policy but consults with and makes recommendations to the Parliamentary wing.

Organisational Wing
The Organisational wing is based on the Party's rank and file membership with elected office bearers serving on the various forums of the Party. The Organisational wing is responsible for:

The Party's Platform -- the broad statement of the Party's fundamental beliefs and intentions

Preselection of Party's candidates for elections

Management and conduct of election campaigns

Fund raising

Formed in 1974, the Country Liberal Party is the smallest political party to have ever governed in Australia. The Country Liberal Party is also the most successful having the longest term in office of present administrations in Australia.

The Country Party emerged in the late 1960's when the then stronghold of Alice Springs successfully presented Sam Calder as a candidate in the 1966 election under that Party's banner.

The fledgling Liberal Party group in the Darwin area gave their complete support to Sam Calder in 1966, 1969 and 1972 knowing full well that a non Labor candidate would require total unity to be successful.

From the "united" front and the creation of a fully elected Legislative Assembly in 1974 emerged the establishment of the Country Liberal Party. This move enabled traditional Liberal support groups to give unqualified backing to the Territory organisation rather than to the Federal Party.

Four months following the Party's formation, the CLP won seventeen of the nineteen seats available in the first Northern Territory Assembly election held on 19 October 1974. Since the first election the CLP has remained the majority party in the Legislative Assembly.

On July 1st 1978 the Northern Territory achieved Self-Government with Paul Everingham becoming the first Chief Minister at the age of 34.

In 1979 the Country Liberal Party established "an association" with both the Liberal Party of Australia and the National Country Party of Australia. Both coalition parties receive Country Liberal Party delegations. The NTCLP President has full voting rights with the National Party and observer status with the Liberal Party.

CLP members of the Federal Parliament are directed by the NTCLP where they are to sit. This could be with the National Party, the Liberal Party or on the cross benches.

Indicative of CLP affiliation with both Federal Coalition partners, former Senator Bernie Kilgariff sat with the Liberal Party and the National Party during his time in Canberra

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05/18/2019 NT MP - Lingiari Jacinta Price Lost 44.54% (-10.93%)
05/18/2019 NT MP - Solomon Kathy Ganley Lost 46.92% (-6.17%)
05/18/2019 AUS House of Representatives - Primary Vote Country Liberal Party Lost 0.28% (-33.25%)
09/02/2016 NT Country Liberal Party Leadership Gary Higgins Won 100.00% (+100.00%)
08/27/2016 NT Parliament - Popular Vote Country Liberal Party Lost 31.80% (-10.39%)
08/27/2016 NT Legislative Assembly - Arnhem - 2PP Vote Ian Gumbula Lost 35.66% (-28.67%)
08/27/2016 NT Legislative Assembly - Nhulunbuy - 2PP Vote Charlie Yunupingu Lost 0.00% (-50.12%)
08/27/2016 NT Legislative Assembly - Drysdale - 2PP Vote Ben Hosking Lost 44.76% (-10.48%)
08/27/2016 NT Legislative Assembly - Nelson - 2PP Vote Gerald Maley Lost 27.04% (-45.93%)
08/27/2016 NT Legislative Assembly - Barkly - 2PP Vote Tony Jack Lost 0.00% (-58.04%)
08/27/2016 NT Legislative Assembly - Fannie Bay - 2PP Vote Karen Brown Lost 35.80% (-28.40%)
08/27/2016 NT Legislative Assembly - Nightcliff - 2PP Vote Ted Dunstan Lost 23.14% (-53.72%)
08/27/2016 NT Legislative Assembly - Blain - 2PP Vote Marie-Clare Boothby Lost 0.00% (-51.37%)
08/27/2016 NT Legislative Assembly - Port Darwin - 2PP Vote Rohan Kelly Lost 47.20% (-5.60%)
08/27/2016 NT Legislative Assembly - Fong Lim - 2PP Vote Tim Dixon Lost 42.25% (-15.51%)
08/27/2016 NT Legislative Assembly - Sanderson - 2PP Vote Peter Styles Lost 39.46% (-21.09%)
08/27/2016 NT Legislative Assembly - Goyder - 2PP Vote Carolyn Reynolds Lost 24.70% (-50.59%)
08/27/2016 NT Legislative Assembly - Spillett - 2PP Vote Lia Finocchiaro Won 63.06% (+26.13%)
08/27/2016 NT Legislative Assembly - Braitling - 2PP Vote Adam Giles Lost 49.71% (-0.59%)
08/27/2016 NT Legislative Assembly - Johnston - 2PP Vote Steven Klose Lost 35.31% (-29.38%)