Jane Aagaard

Jane Lesley Aagaard (born 1956) is a former Australian politician. She was a Labor Party member of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly from 2001 to 2012, representing the Darwin-based electorate of Nightcliff. She was the Speaker of the Assembly from June 2005 until October 2012—to date, the only Labor member ever to hold the post. Prior to holding the speakership, she had served as Health Minister from 2001 to 2003.[1]

Jane Aagaard
8th Speaker of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly
In office
29 June 2005  23 October 2012
Preceded byLoraine Braham
Succeeded byKezia Purick
Member of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly
for Nightcliff
In office
18 August 2001  6 August 2012
Preceded byStephen Hatton
Succeeded byNatasha Fyles
Personal details
Jane Lesley Aagaard

1956 (age 6263)
Melbourne, Victoria
Political partyLabor Party
ChildrenZoe, Michael, Alex
Alma materQUT
OccupationPublic relations officer

Early life

Jane Aagaard was born in Melbourne, Victoria in 1956, to John Stuart McIntosh and Jean Brown. She moved to Brisbane, Queensland at the age of seven, where she was educated at Somerville House, a school for girls in South Brisbane.[2]

In 1986, she accepted a position with the Northern Territory Department of Mines and Energy, and settled with her husband in Darwin.

Aagaard also became heavily involved in many aspects of the Darwin community. She helped found the Brolga Awards and Northern Territory Sports Awards, and continued organising both presentations for several years. Not long before entering parliament, she had also organised the city's commemoration of its bombing by Japanese forces during World War II.[3]

When former Chief Minister Stephen Hatton, the longtime CLP member for Nightcliff, retired at the 2001 election, Aagaard ran as the Labor candidate against Hatton's son, Jason. In a shock result, Aagaard won the seat on an unexpectedly large swing of 11.7 percent that saw the previously marginal Nightcliff technically become a safe Labor seat. Aagaard's victory was part of a six-seat swing to Labor that saw the party win government for the first time ever, mainly on the strength of a strong performance in the Darwin area. She was reelected in 2005, picking up a healthy swing of 8.5 percent

In March 2012, Aagaard announced that she would not contest the next election due to "ongoing medical issues that would require treatment and surgery".[4] In November 2012, Aagaard was granted the title The Honourable for life.[5]


  1. "Hon. Jane Lesley AAGAARD MLA". Australian Government. Retrieved 22 September 2009.
  2. Suzannah Pearce, ed. (17 November 2006). "AAGAARD Jane Lesley, Hon.". Who's Who in Business Live!. North Melbourne, Vic: Crown Content Pty Ltd.
  3. Smith, Camden. "Aagaard to stand for Nightcliff seat". Northern Territory News, 7 March 2001.
  4. "Speaker Aagaard to retire from politics". NT News. 25 March 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
  5. Ms Jane Lesley Aagaard granted the title "Honourable" for life, Commonwealth Government Gazette C2012G00283, S No. 177 of 2012, 20 November 2012.
Northern Territory Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Stephen Hatton
Member for Nightcliff
Succeeded by
Natasha Fyles
Preceded by
Loraine Braham
Speaker of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly
Succeeded by
Kezia Purick
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