About the Northern Territory electorate
In the Federal Senate, the Northern Territory is the largest electorate boundary in Australia, encompassing Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) islands thousands of kilometres north-west of the Australian mainland in the Indian Ocean.
The Territory has two Federal members in the House of Representatives who represent the seats of Solomon and Lingiari. The Solomon electorate includes the cities of Darwin and Palmerston, while the Lingiari electorate includes the rest of the Territory including the Christmas and Cocos (Keeling) islands.
From tropical rainforest and golden shores in the north to sunburnt sand dunes and spinafex in the south, the mainland is a vast and sometimes inhospitable environment covering more than 1.3 million sq kms. With a population of around 220,000, it is the least populous division, and is regarded by many as the last frontier of Australia.
The Territory’s people are as diverse as its terrain. More than 100 nationalities are represented, including nearly two thirds of European descent, and around one third of Indigenous descent. See a map of homesteads and Aboriginal communities here.
Its history spans more than 40,000 years, from when the region’s Indigenous ancestors first started visiting the mainland. The vibrancy, tolerance and harmony prevalent in its diverse culture are reflected in the relaxed Territorian lifestyle. The majority of the Territory’s population lives in Darwin, followed by Palmerston, Alice Springs, Katherine, Nhulunbuy, Tennant Creek, Wadeye, Jabiru and Yulara.
Mining, exports including oil, gas and iron-ore, and agriculture largely drive the economy, with tourism continuing to grow as a major industry. Four out of the five national parks in Australia are located in the Northern Territory electorate.
- Darwin City Council
- City of Palmerston
- Litchfield Council
- Katherine Town Council
- Alice Springs Town Council