Friday, August 12

Michael Gunner, former Northern Territory chief minister, expected to resign from politics

Former Northern Territory chief minister Michael Gunner is expected to announce his resignation from politics this evening, according to parliamentary sources.

The ABC understands Mr Gunner will step down from his role in the Legislative Assembly, in a speech during parliament on Wednesday night.

Mr Gunner stood down as the Northern Territory’s chief minister in May, citing family considerations after the birth of his second child.

He was replaced as chief minister by Natasha Fyles.

“My head and my heart are no longer here, they are at home,” Mr Gunner said during his resignation speech.

Michael Gunner led Labor to two election victories in the Northern Territory.(ABC News: Michael Franchi)

Mr Gunner became Labor leader in 2015 and was elected chief minister in 2016, after a landslide election victory that reshaped Northern Territory politics.

Michael Gunner drinks a beer with party faithful at his victory party in Darwin.
Mr Gunner led Labor to the largest electoral victory against a sitting government in Northern Territory history in 2016.(AAP: Neda Vanovac)

He led Labor to a second term in government at the 2020 Northern Territory election and fell just short of being the party’s longest-serving chief minister when he resigned from the role.



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