2022 NT Senate Election

  • Re-elected 1 – Malarndirri McCarthy (Labor)
  • Elected 2 – Jacinta Nampijinpa Price (Country Liberal)
  • Defeated – Sam McMahon (Liberal Democrats, ex-CLP)

Party Outcome: No change

Final tables and a summary of the preferences distribution are published inside the post.

The Northern Territory’s two seats have split one Labor and one Country Liberal at every election since the first NT Senate election in 1975. The 2022 election will repeat the pattern.

Labor’s Malarndirri McCarthy has been re-elected and the new Country Liberal Senator is Jacinta Nampijinpa Price.

Current Senator Sam McMahon has been defeated. After losing Country Liberal pre-selection to Price, McMahon resigned from the party and completed her term as an Independent. McMahon re-contested as a Liberal Democrat candidate and polled a respectable 9.2%. She can gain some satisfaction in having forced the Country Liberals to preferences.

The result is historic in that both elected Senators are of Indigenous heritage. The numbers come to three of four NT representatives when new Lingiari MP Marion Scrymgour is included.

First Preference Result Table

Enrolment – 145,938
Total Votes / Turnout – 106,907, 73.3% of enrolment
Informal Votes – 3,290 (3.1%)
Provisional Quota – 34,540
Below-the-line Vote – 10.4%
Last Update – Saturday, 11 June 2022, 20:16

Party Name (Group) Votes Pct Change Quotas % BTL
Labor (C) 34,163 32.97 -4.50 0.9891 8.0
Ticket votes 31,430 30.33
McCARTHY, Malarndirri Re-elected 1 2,424 2.34
GANLEY, Kate 309 0.30
NT CLP (A) 32,846 31.70 -4.97 0.9510 10.7
Ticket votes 29,321 28.30
PRICE, Jacinta Nampijinpa Elected 2 3,309 3.19
CIVITARESE, Kris 216 0.21
The Greens (H) 12,707 12.26 +2.03 0.3679 10.0
Ticket votes 11,440 11.04
ANLEZARK, Jane 1,019 0.98
STOKES, Dianne 248 0.24
Liberal Democrats (B) 9,609 9.27 +9.27 0.2782 9.9
Ticket votes 8,656 8.35
McMAHON, Sam Defeated 834 0.80
HANSEN, Jed 119 0.11
Legalise Cannabis (D) 6,455 6.23 +2.40 0.1869 8.6
Ticket votes 5,897 5.69
LAWRENCE, Lance 474 0.46
HIBBERT, Kelly-Anne 84 0.08
Great Australian Party (F) 4,573 4.41 +4.41 0.1324 18.0
Ticket votes 3,748 3.62
ARRIGO, Steve 769 0.74
MARCUS, Angela 56 0.05
Sustainable Australia (E) 1,715 1.66 +1.66 0.0497 9.7
Ticket votes 1,549 1.49
WHYTE, Lamaan 129 0.12
BELCHER, Richard 37 0.04
Citizens Party (G) 956 0.92 +0.48 0.0277 13.4
Ticket votes 828 0.80
CAMPBELL, Trudy 93 0.09
FLYNN, Peter 35 0.03
United Australia (UNG) 593 0.57 -5.59 0.0172 100.0
RAJWIN, Raj 593 0.57
…. (Others) 0 -5.19

The distribution of preferences was relatively straight forward. The number two candidates on all 8 groups, as well as the Ungrouped UAP candidate and the lead candidate on three groups were excluded to the point where Malarndirri McCarthy (Labor) achieved a quota to fill the first vacancy. Interestingly, the Greens, Liberal Democrats and Legalise Cannabis received stronger flows of preferences than the two major parties. The table below shows the count to this point.

NT Senate Election – Totals by Group at Count 13
Candidate (Party) Transfers Votes Pct Quotas
McCARTHY, Malarndirri (ALP) +664 34,827 33.61 1.0083
PRICE, Jacinta Nampijinpa (CLP) +1,077 33,923 32.74 0.9821
ANLEZARK, Jane (GRN) +1,502 14,209 13.71 0.4114
McMAHON, Sam (LDP) +1,668 11,277 10.88 0.3265
LAWRENCE, (LCA) +2,750 9,205 8.88 0.2665
ARRIGO, Steve (GAP) -4,573 0 0.00 0.0000
WHYTE, Lamaan (SAP) -1,715 0 0.00 0.0000
CAMPBELL, Trudy (CTP) -956 0 0.00 0.0000
RAJWIN, Raj (UAP) -593 0 0.00 0.0000
Exhausted +176 176 0.17 0.0051

Count 14 then excluded McCarthy’s surplus.

NT Senate Election – Totals by Group at Count 14
Candidate (Party) Transfers Votes Pct Quotas
McCARTHY, Malarndirri (ALP) -287 34,540 33.33 1.0000
PRICE, Jacinta Nampijinpa (CLP) +55 33,978 32.79 0.9837
ANLEZARK, Jane (GRN) +143 14,352 13.85 0.4155
McMAHON, Sam (LDP) +40 11,317 10.92 0.3276
LAWRENCE, (LCA) +40 9,245 8.92 0.2677
Exhausted +320 496 0.48 0.0144

The exclusion of Legalise Cannabis sent most preferences to the Greens and Sam McMahon on the Liberal Democrats ticket, but there were enough flows to the Country Liberals to put Jacinta Nampijinpa Price over quota and into the second Senate seat.

NT Senate Election – Totals by Group at Count 15
Candidate (Party) Transfers Votes Pct Quotas
McCARTHY, Malarndirri (ALP) 0 34,540 33.33 1.0000
PRICE, Jacinta Nampijinpa (CLP) +2,217 36,195 34.93 1.0479
ANLEZARK, Jane (GRN) +4,106 18,458 17.81 0.5344
McMAHON, Sam (LDP) +2,571 13,888 13.40 0.4021
LAWRENCE, (LCA) -9,205 40 0.04 0.0012
Exhausted 0 496 0.48 0.0144

1 thought on “2022 NT Senate Election”

  1. Tom the first and best

    Given that the CLP ran without Liberal written out in its ballot paper labelling and the Liberal Democrats got over 7% in the House of Reps, I would presume that the same only Liberal on the ballot paper effect that the Liberal Democrats have been the beneficiaries of in National Party as sole Coalition candidates seats was a major contributor to the Liberal Democrats Senate result.

    COMMENT: That the sitting Senator Sam McMahon was the Liberal Democrat candidate would have played a role as well.

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