The country Liberal party was established in 1974, and four months later won 17 of the 19 seats available in the first Northern Territory assembly election held on October 19, 1974.
It is a political party unique to the Northern Territory and over the years has been responsible for significant achievements including overseeing the Northern Territoy's move to self government.
In 2001 after 27 years in government the country Liberals lost the election and in 2005 Parliamentary number dropped to an all-time low. The 2012 election saw the country Liberals regain government due mainly to a surge in support from aboriginal voters in bush electorates.
In the Northern Territory the country Liberals government holds 16 of 25 seats and includes a record number of indigenous Australians, including Bess Price, Francis Xavier and Larissa Lee, with Alison Anderson holding a Cabinet position and Adam Giles as Australia’s first Indigenous head of a state of territory government. The Parliamentary branch of the CLP also includes record representation of women, with six of sixteen seats held by female MLAs.
In Federal Parliament, the CLP's Natasha Griggs holds the seat of Solomon (Darwin, Palmerston and part of the rural area) while Senator Scullion holds one of the Northern Territory's two Senate seats. At a Federal level the CLP forms part of The Coalition with the Liberal Party and National Party and Queensland's Liberal-National Party.
Visit the Country Liberals website for more information.