|Last Edited||M@ - August 25, 2016 03:31pm|
|Description||The 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.
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.
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
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