Speaker of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly

The Speaker of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly is the presiding officer in the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly. Though the office had existed since the creation of the Assembly in 1974, it was given greater legislative force when the roles and functions of the office were included in the federal Act that gave the Territory self-government in 1978.

Speaker of the Legislative Assembly
Kezia Purick

since 23 October 2012
StyleThe Honourable
AppointerElected by the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly
Inaugural holderBernie Kilgariff
Formation20 November 1974
DeputyGary Higgins

The position of Speaker has been held by independent MP Kezia Purick since 23 October 2012. Despite Labor's massive majority following the outcome of the 2016 election, the Labor government re-appointed Purick as Speaker.[1]

The Speaker's principal duty is to preside over the Assembly. The occupant of the Chair must maintain order in the House, uphold the Standing Orders (rules of procedure) and protect the rights of backbench members.

The Speaker must be a member of the Assembly themselves, and is elected to the position by a ballot of the members of the Assembly. It is generally a partisan position, although both Speaker and Deputy Speaker were independents between 2001 and 2005 and the current Speaker is an independent.

Speakers of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly

MemberPartyTerm in Office
Bernie KilgariffCountry Liberal Party20 November 1974 – 16 July 1975
Les MacFarlaneCountry Liberal Party17 July 1975 – 27 February 1984
Roger SteeleCountry Liberal Party28 February 1984 – 16 June 1986
Roger ValeCountry Liberal Party17 June 1986 – 9 October 1989
Nick DondasCountry Liberal Party10 October 1989 – 26 June 1994
Terry McCarthyCountry Liberal Party27 June 1994 – 24 November 1997
Loraine BrahamCountry Liberal Party25 November 1997 – 15 February 1999
Terry McCarthyCountry Liberal Party16 February 1999 – 15 October 2001
Loraine BrahamIndependent16 October 2001 – 28 June 2005
Jane AagaardLabor Party29 June 2005 – 22 October 2012
Kezia PurickCountry Liberal Party/Independent23 October 2012 – present


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